PITTSBURGH 29 CHICAGO 27
NFL WEEK 10 SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2021
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (THU) 8:20P (ET) 8:20P FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2021
ATLANTA FALCONS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
CLEVELAND BROWNS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
DETROIT LIONS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P FOX
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC*
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2021
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (MON) 5:15P (PT) 8:15P ESPN
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
TUESDAY, NOV. 9
AKRON AT WESTERN MICHIGAN
BUFFALO AT MIAMI (OHIO) | 7 P.M. | ESPNU
OHIO AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 8 P.M. | ESPN2
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 10
TOLEDO AT BOWLING GREEN | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
BALL STATE AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 7 P.M. | ESPN2
KENT STATE AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 8 P.M. | ESPNU
THURSDAY, NOV. 11
NORTH CAROLINA AT PITT | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
FRIDAY, NOV. 12
CINCINNATI AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 6 P.M. | ESPN2
WYOMING AT BOISE STATE | 9 P.M. | FS1
SATURDAY, NOV. 13
NEW MEXICO STATE AT ALABAMA | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
OKLAHOMA AT BAYLOR | 12 P.M. | FOX
WEST VIRGINIA AT KANSAS STATE | 12 P.M. | FS1
NORTHWESTERN AT WISCONSIN | 12 P.M. | ESPN2
MISSISSIPPI STATE AT AUBURN | 12 P.M. | ESPN
MICHIGAN AT PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | ABC
RUTGERS AT INDIANA | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
SAMFORD AT FLORIDA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
UCONN AT CLEMSON | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
SYRACUSE AT LOUISVILLE | 12 P.M. | ESPN3
UCF AT SMU | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
EAST CAROLINA AT MEMPHIS | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
HOUSTON AT TEMPLE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
BUCKNELL AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
WESTERN KENTUCKY AT RICE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
UTAH AT ARIZONA | 2 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
GEORGIA STATE AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTH ALABAMA AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT TEXAS STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA AT TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
PURDUE AT OHIO STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
USC AT CAL | 3:30 P.M. | FS1
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
CHARLOTTE AT LOUISIANA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT OLD DOMINION | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
UAB AT MARSHALL | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
MIAMI AT FLORIDA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
SOUTHERN MISS AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
BOSTON COLLEGE AT GEORGIA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
DUKE AT VIRGINIA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
LOUISIANA AT TROY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
IOWA STATE AT TEXAS TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2
MINNESOTA AT IOWA | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
MARYLAND AT MICHIGAN STATE | 4 P.M. | FOX
SOUTH CAROLINA AT MISSOURI | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
UTEP AT NORTH TEXAS | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
TULSA AT TULANE | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
HAWAI’I AT UNLV | 4 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS
ARKANSAS STATE AT UL MONROE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
STANFORD AT OREGON STATE | 5:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
TEXAS A&M AT OLE MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN
KENTUCKY AT VANDERBILT | 7 P.M. | ESPN2
ARIZONA STATE AT WASHINGTON | 7 P.M. | FS1
NEW MEXICO AT FRESNO STATE | 7 P.M. | STADIUM
AIR FORCE AT COLORADO STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
NOTRE DAME AT VIRGINIA | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
KANSAS AT TEXAS | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
NC STATE AT WAKE FOREST | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
ARKANSAS AT LSU | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
TCU AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 8 P.M. | FOX
COLORADO AT UCLA | 9 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
WASHINGTON STATE AT OREGON | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
NEVADA AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
UTAH STATE AT SAN JOSE STATE | 10:30 P.M. | FOX
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL REGIONALS THIS WEEK
PENN AT MERRILLVILLE
WESTFIELD AT CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)
BROWNSBURG AT BEN DAVIS
CENTER GROVE AT LAWRENCE NORTH
VALPARAISO AT MICHIGAN CITY
FW BISHOP DWENGER AT ZIONSVILLE
NEW PALESTINE VS. CATHEDRAL
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH AT NEW ALBANY
NEW PRAIRIE AT LOWELL
MISSISSINEWA AT NORTHRIDGE
RONCALLI AT MT. VERNON
EAST CENTRAL AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
MISHAWAKA MARIAN AT HANOVER CENTRAL
BREBEUF JESUIT AT NORWELL
TRI-WEST AT OWEN VALLEY
LAWRENCEBURG AT GIBSON SOUTHERN
LAVILLE AT ANDREAN
EASTBROOK AT EASTSIDE
SCECINA AT LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI AT TRITON CENTRAL
NORTH JUDSON AT CARROLL (FLORA)
ADAMS CENTRAL AT SOUTH ADAMS
LUTHERAN AT PARKE HERITAGE
TRI AT NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG)
IBCA GBB WEEK 1 POLL
|2||SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON||350||2-0||1|
|4||NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)||318||2-0|
|5||BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE||292||1-0|
|19||CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)||44||0-1|
|OTHER SCHOOLS RECEIVING VOTES (RECORD):|
|ANGOLA (0-0), BEN DAVIS (0-2), BROWNSBURG (1-2), CASTLE (0-1), CHARLESTOWN (1-1), COLUMBIA CITY (1-0), EASTERN HANCOCK (3-0), EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (0-0), FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (1-0), FORT WAYNE SNIDER (0-0), FORT WAYNE SOUTH (0-0), GARRETT (1-0), HAMILTON HEIGHTS (1-0), JAC-CEN-DEL (1-0), JENNINGS COUNTY (3-0), LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (0-0), LINTON-STOCKTON (1-0), MOORESVILLE (1-1), MT. VERNON-FORTVILLE (2-1), NEW PALESTINE (1-0), NORTH DAVIESS (1-0), NORTHRIDGE (1-0), NORTHWESTERN (1-1), PIONEER (1-0), SOUTH CENTRAL-UNION MILLS (1-0), TECUMSEH (1-0), TIPTON (0-0), TRITON CENTRAL (1-0), TRI-WEST (1-0), UNIVERSITY (2-0), VINCENNES RIVET (1-0), WALDRON (2-0), WARSAW (1-0), WASHINGTON (0-1).|
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD MONDAY
|CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL||43|
|PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY||20|
NEW YORK 103 PHILADELPHIA 96
CHICAGO 108 BROOKLYN 95
MEMPHIS 125 MINNESOTA 118 OT… DESMOND BANE 13 PTS
DALLAS 108 NEW ORLEANS 92
DENVER 113 MIAMI 96
GOLDEN STATE 127 ATLANTA 113
PHOENIX 109 SACRAMENTO 104
LA LAKERS 126 CHARLOTTE 123 OT
NY RANGERS 4 FLORIDA 3
WASHINGTON 5 BUFFALO 3
LOS ANGELES 5 TORONTO 1
TOP NATIONAL SPORTS HEADLINES
BOSWELL’S LATE FIELD GOAL LIFTS STEELERS PAST BEARS 29-27
PITTSBURGH (AP) Mike Tomlin sat down, smiled and let out a sarcastic laugh.
“Had ’em all the way, right?” the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers coach said after his team slipped past Chicago 29-27 on Monday night.
Not after a 10-point fourth-quarter lead turned into a one-point deficit following a fumble by punt returner Ray-Ray McCloud and a flash of brilliance by Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields, who put Chicago in front with a 16-yard strike to Darnell Mooney with 1:46 to go.
Steelers rookie tight end Pat Freiermuth hardly seemed rattled. Sure, the Bears had the lead. But the Steelers had Ben Roethlisberger.
“I wasn’t nervous at all,” said Freiermuth, who caught a pair of touchdown passes. “Ben’s been doing this for a long time. We’re all confident in each other. I was thinking in my mind when they scored, `It’s too much time (left).'”
And there was.
Roethlisberger guided the Steelers 52 yards in seven plays – abetted by Chicago’s 12th penalty of the night – to set up Chris Boswell’s 40-yard field goal with 26 seconds left, and Pittsburgh won its fourth straight after a 1-3 start.
“We’re finding ways to win the game,” Roethlisberger said. “Played well enough. Not great. But offensively speaking, we’re just doing enough right now.”
Roethlisberger completed 21 of 30 passes for 205 yards and the two scores to Freiermuth while pulling off the 50th game-winning drive and 38th fourth-quarter comeback of his 18-year career. Rookie running back Najee Harris found the end zone for the fifth straight game and Boswell made three field goals – including two from over 50 yards – into the open end at perpetually windy Heinz Field.
“Boz is a serial killer,” Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward said. “He’s too calm.”
Boswell might have been the only one relaxed after the Steelers frittered away a seemingly comfortable lead when McCloud gave the ball up on a punt return midway through the fourth quarter that DeAndre Houston-Carson returned 25 yards for a touchdown to pull the Bears within three.
Things got weird from there. Chicago appeared to get a stop on Pittsburgh’s ensuing possession only to have linebacker Cassius Marsh – who spent training camp with the Steelers – get flagged for taunting after sacking Roethlisberger on third down.
Marsh’s celebration looked relatively innocuous, though the league has cracked down on any semblance of taunting this season.
“I saw the player, after he made a big play, run toward the bench area of the Pittsburgh Steelers and posture in such a way that I felt he was taunting them,” referee Tony Corrente said.
Marsh’s teammates came to his defense, with linebacker Roquan Smith calling the penalty “BS.” Marsh shrugged his shoulders.
“It’s just sad to see stuff like that happen in a close game like that,” he said. “It’s just rough. I don’t want to say too much because you all know how it is.”
The call extended Pittsburgh’s drive and allowed the Steelers to take a 26-20 lead with 2:52 remaining.
It took Fields all of 66 seconds to put the Bears in front. He took Chicago 75 yards in seven plays, and his strike to Mooney appeared to have the Bears in position to pull off a stunner before Roethlisberger and Boswell came through.
Chicago did get the ball to midfield in the final seconds, but Cairo Santos’ 65-yard attempt into the closed end of the stadium was well short. Bears coach Matt Nagy praised Fields’ resilience on a night he passed for 291 yards with a touchdown and an interception and ran for 45 more, but it wasn’t enough.
“We lost,” Nagy said. “This is a team game. That’s what our guys care about. And we’ve got to figure it out.”
THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: BALTIMORE RAVENS (6-2) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (2-7)
The second half of the 2021 NFL season gets underway in Week 10 on Thursday, November 11 (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) as the Baltimore Ravens (6-2) visit the Miami Dolphins (2-7) in a meeting of teams coming off Week 9 victories. Baltimore leads the all-time regular-season series, 8-6, including a 59-10 victory in Week 1 of the 2019 season in their last meeting. The Ravens scored 42 points in the first half, the most by any team in the first half of a season-opening game in NFL history. Also in that 2019 meeting, quarterback LAMAR JACKSON had one of nine performances all-timewith at least 300 passing yards, five touchdowns and a 158.3 passer rating, the highest attainable mark.
The Ravens overcame a 14-point deficit last week to defeat Minnesota, 34-31, as kicker JUSTIN TUCKER converted the game-winning 36-yard field goal in overtime. Jackson passed for 266 yards and three touchdowns in the win and rushed for a season-high 120 yards. It marked the most rushing yards by a quarterback in any game this season and was the 10th-career 100-yard rushing game for Jackson, tying MICHAEL VICK for the most-ever by a quarterback. He enters Thursday as the first player in league history with at least 2,000 passing yards (2,209) and 600 rushing yards (600) in his first eight games of a season. In 11 career regular-season starts in primetime, Jackson has 31 touchdowns (24 passing, seven rushing) against three interceptions with a 115.5 rating.
Running back DEVONTA FREEMAN rushed for a season-high 79 yards in Week 9 and recorded his first touchdown catch of the season. He enters Thursday aiming for his fourth in a row with a touchdown. Running back LE’VEON BELL rushed for his second touchdown of the season last week. His 9,793 career scrimmage yards (6,535 rushing, 3,258 receiving) are the second-most among active running backs. Wide receiver MARQUISE BROWN led the team with nine catches for 116 receiving yards last week, his fifth-career game with at least 100 receiving yards and third this season. In the teams’ last meeting, Brown had four catches for a career-high 147 receiving yards and two touchdowns in his NFL debut and became first player ever with two touchdown receptions of at least 40 yards in his first career game.
Cornerback MARLON HUMPHREY had a season-high two passes defensed last week and has a pass defensed in seven of his eight games this season. Since entering the league in 2017, Humphrey leads all defensive backs with 12 forced fumbles. Defensive end CALAIS CAMPBELL had two tackles for loss, along with a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery in his last game against Miami (Dec. 23, 2018 with Jacksonville) and his 92.5 career sacks rank seventh among all active players.
Miami defeated Houston, 17-9, last week as the team held the Texans without a touchdown. Quarterback JACOBY BRISSETT made his fourth start of the season and completed 26 of 43 passes (60.5 percent) for 244 yards and a touchdown. In four career games on Thursday Night Football, including three starts, Brissett has totaled four rushing touchdowns and no interceptions. Running back MYLES GASKIN had his first rushing touchdown of the season last week and he aims for his fourth in a row with at least 50 scrimmage yards. Wide receiver JAYLEN WADDLE led the team with eight catches for 83 yards in Week 9, marking his third game this season with at least eight catches, the most among rookies. His 56 receptions in 2021 are tied for the third-most ever by a player in his first nine career games. Tight end MIKE GESICKI has at least 50 receiving yards in three of his past four games and he aims for his fourth in a row against the AFC North with a touchdown catch. He ranks third among all tight ends with 44 receptions this season and fourth with 529 receiving yards.
Cornerback XAVIEN HOWARD has 10 passes defensed in his past seven games and aims for his third in a row against the AFC North with an interception. Since 2020, he ranks second in the league with 12 interceptions. Defensive end EMMANUEL OGBAH leads the team with five sacks in 2021 and recorded a season-high 2.5 sacks last week, his fourth-career multi-sack game. He enters Thursday with a pass defensed in each of his past four games. Linebacker JEROME BAKER leads Miami with 50 tackles and recorded his first interception of the season in Week 9.
FOX will broadcast 10 Thursday Night Football games between Weeks 5-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night). Thursday’s game is slated to be simulcast via NFL Network, distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes and streamed on Amazon Prime Video.
The game will feature Joe Buck, Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink on the call for FOX. The Amazon broadcast features Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm, and the Amazon Scout’s feed is called by Bucky Brooks, Daniel Jeremiah and Joy Taylor.
RAIDERS CUT 2020 1ST ROUNDER ARNETTE OVER SOCIAL MEDIA POST
The Las Vegas Raiders waived 2020 first-round pick Damon Arnette and have now cut ties with both first-round picks from that draft before the midpoint of their second season.
General manager Mike Mayock called it a “painful decision” to release Arnette on Monday but said it was necessary in response to a social media post with Arnette brandishing a gun and threatening to kill someone.
“There have been a series of bad decisions over the last year or so, but we can’t stand for the video of Damon with a gun threatening to take a life,” Mayock said. “The content was unacceptable, contrary to our values and our owner Mark Davis has been very clear and very consistent that this is not how we will conduct ourselves in this community. The botttom line, the Raiders will not tolerate this type of behavior.”
Arnette was drafted 19th overall with a pick acquired in the Khalil Mack trade despite what Mayock called “significant concerns” about his character. Arnette was rated lower on most draft rankings but the Raiders believed after talking to his coaches at Ohio State that they could develop him on and off the field.
“Obviously in hindsight, we weren’t able to do it. I know a lot of people, including myself, we were all concerned about this, but at the time we thought it was an acceptable risk. Obviously, it’s painful on all levels.”
The move to cut Arnette comes less than a week after No. 12 overall pick Henry Ruggs III was released following a fatal DUI crash. Authorities said Ruggs was driving 156 mph with a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit in Nevada. He faces multiple felonies and jail time if convicted.
Mayock defended the Raiders’ evaluation of character in the draft, saying the picks in the others years have been good character players and Arnette and Ruggs were aberrations.
“We found the risk acceptable after doing more homework on Arnette than anybody we’ve done in the years I’ve been here,” Mayock said. “Obviously, we missed. That is 100% on me.”
Arnette struggled when he played, dealing with injuries last season and then losing his starting job this year to Casey Hayward. Arnette was on injured reserve at the time of his release.
The two high-profile incidents with high draft picks raised questions about whether being in Las Vegas makes it more difficult on young players because of the temptations.
Mayock said the team does take the city into consideration when they look into acquiring players to determine how well they will fit but doesn’t believe it’s a major factor.
“We do have to be aware of Vegas. But my thing is in just about any mid- or big-sized city in the country, if you want to find trouble, you can find it,” he said.
The 2020 draft class that featured two first-round picks and three third-rounders was being counted on to be part of the foundation of a rebuilding but instead will likely go down as one of the worst in franchise history.
WILSON CLEARED TO RETURN TO FOOTBALL ACTIVITIES FOR SEATTLE
RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was cleared Monday to return to football activities barely a month after undergoing surgery on the middle finger of his throwing hand.
Wilson’s surgeon, Dr. Steve Shin, released a statement through the team saying he had cleared Wilson for a “full return to play without reservation.”
“I have also never encountered a player so committed to his postoperative therapy and with so much conviction to return to the same, if not better, level of performance as he had pre-injury,” Shin said. “I am absolutely amazed at his progress.”
Wilson was hurt in Seattle’s Week 5 loss to the Los Angeles Rams when his hand hit the arm of Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald. Wilson underwent surgery the next day in Los Angeles and has been diligent about his rehab while still being present around the team.
Seattle went 1-2 in Wilson’s absence with Geno Smith as the starting quarterback.
Wilson was placed on injured reserve by the Seahawks to open a roster spot, but he is eligible to return this week when Seattle travels to Green Bay on Sunday.
Wilson posted a video on social media Monday with the title “It’s Time.”
AP SOURCE: DARNOLD IS ‘DAY TO DAY’ AFTER MRI ON SHOULDER
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold will be listed as day to day following an MRI on his right throwing shoulder Monday, according to a person familiar with the situation.
There were no other details available on the injury. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t released the results of the test.
Darnold originally injured his shoulder in Carolina’s Week 8 win over the Atlanta Falcons. He threw three interceptions in a 24-6 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, but coach Matt Rhule said the quarterback complained of soreness in the shoulder on Monday and was sent to have an MRI.
Rhule initially said he would wait until Wednesday to get a better grasp on Darnold’s injury status before making a determination on who’ll start this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. P.J. Walker is the team’s other option at quarterback.
“We will wait to see where Sam is health-wise moving forward,” Rhule said.
Darnold has struggled in recent weeks, throwing 10 interceptions in the past six games, including three picks on against the Patriots on three consecutive possessions, one of which was returned 88 yards for a momentum-turning touchdown by J.C. Jackson.
“Right now we are focused on Sam and his health,” Rhule said. “I think Sam would be the first to tell you that wasn’t good enough from the quarterback position (on Sunday). We had guys open with some opportunities that we weren’t able to connect on. We had too many batted balls. And then three giveaways. When you look at our season when we have protected the football we have had a chance to win. … So the play at the position has to be better.”
Rhule also confirmed that center Matt Paradis is done for the season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in the team’s second offensive play in Sunday’s game. Along with Paradis, the Panthers announced they have placed left tackle Cameron Erving on injured reserve with a calf injury, although that injury is not considered season-ending.
Pat Eflein will get the first-team reps at center this week and Dennis Daley is the likely replacement at left tackle.
Also, defensive end Brian Burns was expected to get an MRI on Monday on his right ankle, per Rhule.
The Panthers also announced they have cut running back Royce Freeman and linebacker Clay Johnston, leaving the roster at 50 players.
BIG 10 FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
• The College Football Playoff will release their top 25 rankings on Tuesday, Nov. 9. The Big Ten had six teams included in the CFP’s first rankings of the season which were released on Nov. 2.
• Six Big Ten teams appear in the Associated Press Poll this week, highlighted by three of the top 10 teams in the country. Ohio State leads the conference at No. 6, followed by No. 8 Michigan State, No. 9 Michigan, No. 19 Iowa, No. 20 Wisconsin, and No. 23 Penn State.
• The Big Ten (three teams) is the only conference with more than two teams in the top-10 of the AP Poll.
• The Big Ten boasts four teams among the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense: Wisconsin (4th, 15.4 ppg), Iowa (5th, 15.7), Michigan (t-6th, 16.0), and Penn State (t-10th, 16.7). In terms of total defense, Wisconsin ranks first in the nation (213.8 ypg), Michigan is sixth (298.1), Minnesota is eighth (298.9) and Iowa is 10th (304.4).
• Additionally, the Big Ten has two teams in the top 10 in terms of rushing defense (No. 1 Wisconsin at 54.7 ypg, and No. 8 Iowa at 98.6 ypg) and four teams in the top 10 in terms of defensive passing efficiency: Iowa (4th, 101.98), Wisconsin (6th, 104.96), Penn State (8th, 107.58) and Michigan (10th, 111.47).
• Illinois defeated Minnesota on the road, 14-6, to earn the program’s first ever win over a team ranked in the College Football Playoff top 25. The Fighting Illini defense held the Golden Gophers to a season-low six points and has now held its last six opponents under 24 points, marking the longest such streak since 2002 (eight games). Offensively, Illinois was led by sophomore RB Chase Brown’s 150 yards.
• Iowa improved to 4-2 in conference play with a 17-12 win over Northwestern. The Hawkeyes were led on offense by sophomore QB Alex Padilla and junior RB Tyler Goodson. Padilla, who entered the game having attempted just 16 passes in his career, finished 18-for-28 for 172 yards. Goodson racked up 141 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries (6.7 avg.) and added three catches for 25 yards (8.3 avg.). Defensively, Iowa intercepted three passes — two by junior DB Dane Belton — and limited the Wildcats to just 93 yards rushing on 31 attempts (3.0 ypc). The Hawkeyes defense leads the country this season in interceptions (19) and has registered 83 interceptions since 2017, more than any team in the nation.
• Michigan earned a 29-7 win over Indiana to improve to 8-1 on the season and 5-1 in the Big Ten. Senior RB Hassan Haskins set a new career high with 168 yards on the ground, senior TE Luke Schoonmaker caught two touchdown passes, and junior WR Cornelius Johnson caught five passes for 108 yards. Schoonmaker’s two touchdowns marked the first multi-touchdown performance by a Wolverine tight end since Jake Butt’s two against UCF on Sept. 10, 2016. Junior LB David Ojabo registered a sack and a forced fumble, and now leads all Big Ten players in both categories (8.0 sacks and four forced fumbles).
• Ohio State improved to 8-1 on the season and 6-0 in the Big Ten with a 26-17 win over Nebraska. The Buckeyes have now won 24 consecutive conference games and are the only team in the Big Ten with an undefeated record in conference play in 2021. Now in his fourth season has head coach of the Buckeyes, Ryan Day is 31-3 overall and 21-0 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes rank second in the nation in scoring offense (44.9 ppg), second in total offense (542.2) and fifth in team passing efficiency (175.02). The Buckeyes are one of just three teams in the nation to average more than 44 points per game this season. Additionally, Ohio State ranks fourth in the country in red zone offense (.947 pct.).
• Penn State picked up its third Big Ten win of the season with a 31-14 win at Maryland. Senior WR Jahan Dotson was named the Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week after setting career highs in receptions (11) and receiving yards (242), while catching three touchdown passes. Dotson set a new Penn State record for receiving yards in a single game and became just the second FBS player this season to record 240-plus receiving yards and at least three touchdowns in a game. On the defensive side of the ball, the Nittany Lions limited Maryland to 48 rushing yards and held the Terrapins to 2-for-5 in the red zone. Senior S Ji’Ayir Brown earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording two takeaways, including a pick-six, and a team-high nine tackles (eight solo).
• Purdue defeated Michigan State, 40-29, to earn its second victory over an AP top-5-ranked team this season. Prior to Saturday’s win over then-No. 5 Michigan State, the Boilermakers defeated then-No. 2 Iowa on Oct. 16. The last time that Purdue beat two AP top-5 teams in the same season was 1960 when they defeated No. 3 Ohio State and No. 1 Minnesota. Dating back to 2018 when they knocked off No. 2 Ohio State, Purdue has won its last three games against top-5 opponents. Head coach Jeff Brohm is now 3-0 against top-five teams and 5-7 against teams ranked in the top 25.
• The Purdue offense was led by senior QB Aidan O’Connell who threw for a career-high 536 yards and three touchdown passes in the win. O’Connell was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week after registering the second-most completions in a game in Purdue history (40) and recording the highest single-game completion percentage (.741) by a Big Ten quarterback with at least 50 attempts since 2000 (according to College Football Reference). Junior WR David Bell led the team with 11 receptions for 217 yards, marking the fifth-highest single-game receiving yardage total in program history.
• Wisconsin defeated Rutgers, 52-3, earning its sixth victory and becoming bowl-eligible for a 20th consecutive season. The Badgers boast the second-longest winning streak in the Big Ten (five games) and have earned four consecutive victories in conference play. The Badgers’ five-straight wins mark the program’s longest winning streak since starting the 2019 season 6-0. The last time Wisconsin scored more than 50 points in a conference game was 2014 when they defeated No. 11 Nebraska 59-24.
• The Badgers rank No. 1 in the nation in total defense (213.8 ypg) and rushing defense (54.7 ypg). The Wisconsin run defense leads the No. 2-ranked run defense (Georgia, 80.7 ypg) by 26 yards per game. Wisconsin is surrendering just 7.4 points and 185.6 yards per game during its five-game win streak. Offensively, the Badgers are averaging 270.0 rushing yards per game over the last five games.
• Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin have all secured bowl eligibility by reaching six wins this season, while Maryland needs just one more win to become eligible. The Big Ten will continue to feature the largest bowl lineup in conference history.
• In 2021, the Big Ten has seen top-five single-game FBS rushing-yard performances from Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson (2nd, 270 vs. Tulsa), Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (4th, 264 at Northwestern) and Illinois’ Chase Brown (5th, 257 vs. Charlotte). The Big Ten has three additional 200-plus-yard rushing performances this season: Walker III’s 233 yards at Rutgers on Oct. 9, Brown’s 223 yards at Penn State on Oct. 23, and Northwestern’s Evan Hull’s 216 yards vs. Ohio on Sept. 25.
• Additional top-five single-game FBS performances in the Big Ten include: Purdue’s Aidan O’Connell (2nd, 536 passing yards vs. Michigan State), Penn State’s Jahan Dotson (4th, 242 receiving yards at Maryland), Purdue’s David Bell (5th, 240 receiving yards at Iowa), Northwestern’s Brandon Joseph (4th, 111 punt return yards vs. Indiana State), Northwestern’s Chris Bergin (t-2nd, 19 tackles vs. Minnesota), Nebraska’s Luke Reimer (2nd, 19 tackles), and Wisconsin’s Leo Chenal (2nd, 5.5 tackles for loss).
• On October 10, for the first time in the history of the Associated Press college football poll (established in 1936), the Big Ten has five teams ranked in the top 10. Iowa leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Michigan, and No. 10 Michigan State.
• The 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX. The winner will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of the six bowls that comprise the College Football Playoff, including the Rose Bowl Game.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL BIG 10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Co-Offensive Player of the Week
Jahan Dotson, Penn State
WR – Sr. – Nazareth, Pa. – Nazareth Area
- Set career highs in receptions (11) and receiving yards (242), while catching three touchdown passes in Penn State’s 31-14 win at Maryland. Set a new Penn State record for receiving yards in a single game, breaking the previous record of 216 set by Deon Butler vs. Northwestern in 2006
- Became just the second FBS player this season to record 240-plus receiving yards and at least three receiving touchdowns in a game
- Scored touchdowns on receptions of 86, 38 and 21 yards. The 86-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter marked the longest catch of his career
- Has now registered 10 games of at least 100 receiving yards in his career, tying Allen Robinson for the second-most 100-yard receiving games in team history
- Earns the first Offensive Player of the Week accolade of his career; earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors on Dec. 14, 2020
- Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Sean Clifford (Set. 27, 2021)
Aidan O’Connell, Purdue
QB – Sr. – Long Grove, Ill. – Stevenson (Ill.)
- Completed 40 of 54 passes (.741 pct.) for a career-high 536 yards and career-high-tying three touchdowns in Purdue’s win over No. 3 Michigan State. O’Connell’s 536 passing yards are the third-most in a single game in Purdue history, the fifth-most in a game in Big Ten history and the second-most in a game by an FBS quarterback in 2021
- According to College Football Reference, recorded the highest single-game completion percentage (.741 pct.) by a Big Ten quarterback with at least 50 attempts since 2000
- Registered the second-most completions in a game in Purdue history (40) and set a new record for passing yards in a Big Ten game by a Boilermaker quarterback, surpassing Drew Brees’ 522 yards vs. Minnesota on Oct. 3, 1998
- Garners the first Offensive Player of the Week honor of his career
- Last Purdue Offensive Player of the Week: David Bell (Oct. 18, 2021)
Defensive Player of the Week
Ji’Ayir Brown, Penn State
S – Sr. – Trenton, N.J. – Trenton Central
- Recorded two takeaways, including a pick-six, and team-high nine tackles (eight solo) in Penn State’s 31-14 win at Maryland
- Intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter and returned in 87 yards for a touchdown, marking the fifth-longest interception return in Penn State history. Also recovered a fumble in the third quarter
- Has now registered four interceptions this season, marking the most by a Nittany Lion defender since 2017
- Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week honor of his career
- Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Brandon Smith (Sept. 20, 2021)
Special Teams Player of the Week
Blake Hayes, Illinois
P – Sr. – Melbourne, Australia – Brighton Grammar (Melbourne, Australia)
- Punted seven times for 306 net yards (43.7 avg.) and dropped four punts inside the 20 to help Illinois control field position in the Illini’s 14-6 win over No. 20 Minnesota
- With 1:12 left in the game, downed a 41-yard punt at the Minnesota 2, pinning the Golden Gophers at their own goal line
- His 28 punts inside the 20 this season are tied for first in the Big Ten
- Earns the third Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career and his second of the season
- Last Illinois Special Teams Player of the Week: Blake Hayes (Aug. 30, 2021)
Freshman of the Week
Braelon Allen, Wisconsin
RB – Fond du Lac, Wis. – Fond du Lac
- Recorded 129 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries (8.6 avg.) in Wisconsin’s 52-3 win at Rutgers
- Has now rushed for 100-plus yards in five straight games to become the first Badger freshman to do so since Anthony Davis in 2001
- Ranks second in the Big Ten with five 100-yard rushing games, trailing only Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (six games)
- Ranks fifth in the country in yards per carry (7.11) and is one of just six backs in the FBS to average more than 7.0 yards per rush. Is tied for fifth in the country among all freshmen running backs with 661 yards
- Earns the second Freshman of the Week honor of his career
- Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Braelon Allen (Oct. 18, 2021)
MAC FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Dustin Crum, Kent State, QB
GR, Grafton, Ohio (Midview)
Crum led the Golden Flashes to a 52-47 MACtion win over NIU on Wednesday night at Dix Stadium. He threw for 322 yards, his third 300 yard game of the year and totaled 4 touchdowns and did not turn the ball over. Crum also ran it for 72 yards and two more scores, totaling nearly 400 yards of offense in the win.
MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Nico Bolden, Kent State, Safety
Gr, St. Paul MN/Woodbury
Bolden had his second-straight 12 tackle game to lead the Flashes. He had a big forced fumble and recovery as NIU entered the red zone. It proved to be the only turnover of the game and helped Kent State hold off NIU
MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Andrew Glass, Kent State, Place Kicker
Freshman, Wheeling, W.Va. Wheeling Park
Glass made all eight of his kicks, including a 39 yard field goal and 7-7 on extra points in the win over NIU. He also played a key role in the kicking game, limiting NIU to just two returns on nine kickoffs, totaling a mere 35 yards.
MAC West Division Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Trayvon Rudolph, NIU, Wide Receiver
Freshman (2nd Year), Crete, Illinois (Crete-Monee HS)
NIU second-year freshman Trayvon Rudolph recorded just the 25th 300-yard receiving day in NCAA FBS history at Kent State with 309 receiving yards on 14 catches, breaking the Mid-American Conference and NIU records for receiving yards in a game. Rudolph’s 309 yards rank as the 18th highest total recorded in a FBS game and are the most by any FBS player in 2021 while his 328 all-purpose yards (including 19 kickoff return yards) rank second. He caught touchdown passes of 36, 75 and 34 yards. Trayvon Rudolph’s 14 catches at Kent State tied him for second on the NIU single game list and are the most catches by a Huskie since 2016. He is the first NIU player to record three receiving TDs in a game since 2011. He scored on a 75-yard pass play for the second consecutive week.
Hassan Beydoun, Eastern Michigan , Wide Receiver
Junior, Dearborn, Mich. (Dearborn)
Junior wide out Hassan Beydoun was electric in EMU’s win at Toledo, Nov. 2. Beydoun finished the game with a career-high 197 reception yards on 12 catches. Additionally, Beydoun’s effort is the 14th best by any player in the NCAA this season. The 197 yards is the most by any Eagle receiver in a game this year, and the second-best effort by any player in the MAC. The Dearborn, Mich. native hauled in a season-long 64 yard touchdown in EMU’s opening drive of the second half against the Rockets. The reception was the second-longest of Beydoun’s career, just two yards shy of the 66-yard catch he recorded at Western Michigan, Dec. 5, 2020.
Beydoun has recorded three games with 10+ catches this season. He is currently one of only three players in the NCAA to have three-or-more such games (Jerreth Sterns – Western Ky.; Drake London – Southern California).
MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Jose Ramirez, Eastern Michigan, Defensive End
Sophomore, Lake Alfred, Fla. (Auburndale) Toledo
Sophomore defensive end Jose Ramirez put together a career-best effort against Toledo, Nov. 2. The Lake Alfred, Fla. native led all Eagles in the following categories: tackles (10), sacks (2.0), TFLs (3.0), forced fumbles (1), quarterback hurries (1 – tied for first). The 10 tackles sets a career-high for Ramirez, while his two sacks tied for a career-best, set last year at Western Michigan, Dec. 5. As a defense, EMU racked up a season-best five sacks for 29 yards against the Rockets. Ramirez was responsible for two of those sacks. Ramirez’s effort was critical in a historic, 52-49, win for EMU. Not only did Eastern win at Toledo’s Glass Bowl for the first time since 1999, but the team is now bowl eligible for the sixth time in program history and the fourth time since 2016.
MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Kalil Pimpleton, Central Michigan, Punt Returner
Junior, Muskegon, Mich./Muskegon
Pimpleton led Central Michigan to a rivalry victory at Western Michigan with a pair of punt returns for touchdowns in just a five minute span on the game clock. Pimpleton’s first punt return for a touchdown came at the 5:03 mark of the second quarter, a 70-yard score. It was CMU’s first punt return for a TD since Antonio Brown in 2009. KP’s second punt return for a score came with 00:03 left in the first half, a 97-yard return. That broke CMU’s program record previously held by Jim Podoley, a 90-yard return vs. Northern Iowa, 1953. It was also the third-longest return in MAC history. Pimpleton is the first CMU player to have two punt returns for a touchdown in the program’s Division I era. He is the only player at the FBS level this season to tally two in a game and is the 24th player in D-I to have multiple punt return touchdowns in a single game since 2000. Pimpleton broke the MAC single game punt return average record with a mark of 55.3. The previous mark was 43.3 by Ryne Robinson of Miami (Ohio) in 2003.
BIG 10 VOLLEYBALL: MICHIGAN STATE, MINNESOTA AND PENN STATE CAPTURE BIG TEN WEEKLY VOLLEYBALL AWARDS
Player of the Week
Stephanie Samedy, Minnesota
Grad. – OPP – Clermont, Fla. – East Ridge – Major: Psychology
• Registered 4.86 kills and 4.29 digs per set with a double-double and a .310 hitting percentage to pace the Gophers to road wins at No. 7 Ohio State and No. 25 Illinois last week
• Collected 19 kills, 22 digs and a season-high seven blocks in Nov. 4 win at OSU
• Added 15 kills on a .400 percentage with eight digs and two aces on Nov. 6 at Illinois
• Academic All-Big Ten selection and Senior CLASS Award recipient last season
• Earns her 12th career Player of the Week honor (tying for second-most in Big Ten history with Penn State’s Haleigh Washington from 2014-17) and fourth this season, along with one Defensive Player of the Week citation
• Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Stephanie Samedy (Nov. 1, 2021)
Defensive Player of the Week
Jenna Hampton, Penn State
Sr. – L – Tampa, Fla. – Berkeley Prep – Major: Communication Arts and Sciences
• Averaged 5.33 digs per set in the Nittany Lions’ two conference wins over Michigan and Michigan State last week
• Recorded 20+ digs in both matches, including 26 in a four-set win over Michigan on Nov. 5
• Named Academic All-Big Ten in 2020
• Receives the second Defensive Player of the Week award of her career
• Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Jenna Hampton (March 22, 2021)
Setter of the Week
Gabby Blossom, Penn State
Sr. – S – St. Louis, Mo. – St. Joseph’s Academy – Major: Psychology
• Delivered 12.33 assists and 2.22 digs per set with a double-double last week as Penn State claimed a pair of Big Ten wins over Michigan and Michigan State
• Recorded her 11th double-double in the past 13 matches on Nov. 6 against MSU with 57 assists and 13 digs
• Twice chosen for Academic All-Big Ten honors (2019, 2020)
• Collects her sixth career Setter of the Week plaudit and third this season
• Last Penn State Setter of the Week: Gabby Blossom (Oct. 18, 2021)
Freshman of the Week
Julia Bishop, Michigan State
S – Dearborn, Mich. – Mercy – Major: Business
• Averaged 7.89 assists and 3.0 digs per set with two double-doubles last week as Michigan State split its conference road trip to Rutgers (win) and Penn State (loss)
• Sparked MSU to the brink of a five-set victory on Nov. 6 at PSU, finishing with 51 assists, 16 digs, three blocks and five kills
• Played in a 6-2 system one night earlier at Rutgers, posting 20 assists and 11 digs in a four-set win
• Garners her first career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: Sarah Franklin (Sept. 20, 2021)
BIG 10 CROSS COUNTRY: INDIANA, MICHIGAN STATE, MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN EARN CROSS COUNTRY AWARDS
The Big Ten Conference announced the first of its postseason cross country awards on Monday morning. Michigan State’s Kaitlyn Hynes and Indiana’s Gabriel Sanchez were named Big Ten Freshmen of the Year, while Minnesota’s Sarah Hopkins was selected as the women’s Big Ten Coach of the Year and Wisconsin’s Mick Byrne was tabbed the men’s Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Hynes is the fifth Michigan State student-athlete to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year accolades and the first since Maggie Farrell in 2017. A unanimous selection as Freshman of the Year, Hynes claimed second-team All-Big Ten honors after placing 12th at the Big Ten Championships, completing the 6K course in 21:04.8.
Sanchez is the fifth Hoosier to receive Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and the first since 2016, when Ben Veatch received the award. Sanchez was named the Big Ten Men’s Athlete of the Week on September 8 after winning the men’s 8K race at the Indiana Open.
Hopkins guided the Minnesota women’s cross country program to its third Big Ten Championship and first since 2008, registering 72 points to edge second-place Wisconsin by six points. Hopkins earns her first Big Ten Coach of the Year honor and the third for Minnesota, joining two-time recipient Gary Wilson (2007 and 2008).
Byrne helped Wisconsin to its 11th Big Ten title since he became the Badgers’ head coach in 2008, leading Wisconsin to the 52nd Big Ten Championship in program history and fourth in as many years. Byrne is now an 11-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, with all 11 of those honors coming in the past 14 seasons.
Also on Monday, the Big Ten recognized its 26 Sportsmanship Award honorees. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These students must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The complete list of honorees can be found below.
The Big Ten Athletes of the Year will be announced following the NCAA Championships, which will be contested on November 20 at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Fla.
Men’s Coach of the Year:
Mick Byrne, Wisconsin
Women’s Coach of the Year:
Sarah Hopkins, Minnesota
Men’s Freshman of the Year:
Gabriel Sanchez, Indiana
Women’s Freshman of the Year:
KAITLYN HYNES, MICHIGAN STATE
Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees:
Colin Yandel, Illinois
Austin Haskett, Indiana
Noah Healy, Iowa
Zach Stewart, Michigan
Andrew Nolan, Michigan State
Owen Hoeft, Minnesota
Mark Freyhof, Nebraska
John Cuozzo, Ohio State
Eric Hamel, Penn State
Bailey McIntire, Purdue
Billy Hill, Rutgers
Shuaib Aljabaly, Wisconsin
Halle Hill, Illinois
Hannah Stoffel, Indiana
Brooke McKee, Iowa
Christine Laurie, Maryland
Amber Gall, Michigan
Makayla Perez, Michigan State
Jaycie Thomsen, Minnesota
Grace Pagone, Nebraska
Kalea Bartolotto, Northwestern
Sophia Spencer, Ohio State
Madaline Ullom, Penn Satte
Emma Tate, Purdue
Kiera Nealon, Rutgers
Samantha Stieve, Wisconsin
Unanimous selection listed in ALL CAPS
BIG 10 SOCCER: BIG TEN SENDS SIX SCHOOLS TO NCAA WOMEN’S SOCCER TOURNAMENT
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference will have six schools participating in the 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, it was announced Monday afternoon. Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers and Wisconsin earned berths to this year’s 64-team NCAA Tournament, which kicks off Nov. 12-14 at campus sites around the country (exact dates and times to be announced in the coming days). The tournament culminates with the NCAA College Cup Dec. 3 and 5 at Stevens Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Rutgers earned a No. 1 seed and Michigan was a No. 2 seed for this year’s NCAA Tournament, marking the first time since 2015 that the Big Ten had a team on the top line of the bracket and two programs earn top-two seeds. That year, Penn State was a No. 1 seed and Rutgers was a No. 2 seed and both schools went on to reach the NCAA College Cup, with PSU winning not only its first national championship, but the first by a Big Ten school.
The six Big Ten teams selected for this year’s NCAA Tournament are the most for the conference since 2018, when it also had six schools chosen. With Monday’s announcement, the Big Ten has now had at least four of its current women’s soccer programs advance to the NCAA Tournament for 27 consecutive seasons.
Michigan (15-3-3) earned the Big Ten’s automatic qualifying berth into the NCAA Tournament by virtue of its 1-0 win at Rutgers in Sunday’s Big Ten Tournament title game. The Wolverines will be making their 15th NCAA Tournament appearance and second in the past three years. As a No. 2 national seed, Michigan open NCAA Tournament play by welcoming Bowling Green to town. With a victory, the Wolverines would remain at home to play Wake Forest or Harvard in the round of 32.
Ohio State (9-8-2) also will be making its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance and 12th in the past 15 seasons. The Buckeyes, who played the nation’s fifth-toughest schedule this season, will kick off NCAA Tournament play against Virginia Tech at Thompson Field in Blacksburg, Va. The winner of that contest will move on to meet second-seeded Arkansas or Northwestern State in the second round.
Penn State (11-7-0) will be appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the 27th consecutive season, having won the national championship in 2015. The Nittany Lions, who battled through a myriad of injuries as well as the country’s No. 4-ranked schedule this season, will play at home at Jeffrey Field in an opening-round match against Monmouth. A victory would send the Nittany Lions into a round-of-32 contest against either No. 3 seed USC or Grand Canyon.
Purdue (14-4-2) is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009 and the seventh time in program history. The Boilermakers, who finished second in the Big Ten standings and advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals for the second time in three years, earned their first home NCAA Tournament match since 2007 and will play host to Loyola-Chicago. Should Purdue prevail, the Boilermakers would meet either No. 3 seed Notre Dame or SIU Edwardsville in the second round.
Big Ten Champion Rutgers (17-3-0) received its 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament berth and the 16th in program history, a resume highlighted by a trip to the NCAA College Cup in 2015. The Scarlet Knights, who earned a No. 1 national seed for the first time in school history and were the first Big Ten program to go undefeated and untied (10-0-0) in conference play since 2005, will start their postseason by playing host to Bucknell at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. The Scarlet Knights would remain at home through to the College Cup, with a win over Bucknell setting up a second-round contest against either Ole Miss or Saint Louis.
Wisconsin (8-5-6) captured its 23rd NCAA Tournament bid and returns to the event after a one-year absence. The Badgers, who have competed in more NCAA Tournaments than any other Big Ten program except Penn State, will kick off this year’s tournament with a home contest against Butler at the McClimon Soccer Complex in Madison, Wis. The winner of that match is ticketed for a trip to the round of 32 and a meeting with either No. 2 seed UCLA or UC Irvine.
Television coverage for NCAA Tournament matches prior to the semifinals will be announced at a later date. The NCAA College Cup semifinals and national championship match will be televised live on ESPNU.
NCAA STREAMLINES CONSTITUTION, SET TO GIVE POWER TO SCHOOLS
The NCAA on Monday set the stage for a dramatic restructuring of college sports that will give each of its three divisions the power to govern itself.
The nation’s biggest and most influential governing body in college athletics released a draft of an 18 1/2-page constitution, cut down from 43 pages over the last three months at the direction of President Mark Emmert.
The rewritten constitution focuses more on the NCAA’s broader goals of athlete welfare than the previous version, which took a more granular approach.
Most important, it would provide Division I — the highest level of college sports that includes major college football and the 351 schools eligible for the lucrative men’s basketball tournament — the autonomy to reshape everything from how revenue is shared to how rules are made and enforced.
“Once we got into this, we really found out that many of the issues were the Division I level,” West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons, the chairman of the Division I Council and a member of the constitution committee, told the AP.
The goal is to have changes in place in less than a year.
“The ratification of a new constitution in January is the first step in the process of transforming NCAA governance,” said Jack DiGioia, chairman of the NCAA Board of Governors and the president of Georgetown. “A new constitution will provide the divisions the flexibility they need to act.”
The proposed new constitution still needs to go to the more than 1,200 member schools for feedback after next week’s scheduled special constitutional convention, and could be amended before it is put before the full membership for a vote in January.
The new constitution shrinks the NCAA’s highest governing body, the Board of Governors, from 21 members to nine and changes its duties.
“The question is going to be asked: What is the new role and responsibilities of the board of governance? That’s still all three divisions, but their priorities and what they would be doing would be just those very, very high level issues of the association, as opposed to some of the things they have been getting involved in right now,” Lyons said.
Emmert called the convention in August, not long after the Supreme Court hammered the NCAA in a ruling that left the association vulnerable to further legal challenges. It quickly became apparent a new constitution was merely the first phase of transforming the NCAA in a way that de-emphasizes the Indianapolis-based association and gives more power to schools and conferences.
The next phase figures to be more contentious, at least at the highest level of college sport.
Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey and Ohio University athletic director Julie Cromer will lead the Division I Transformation Committee, which has already begun exploring ways to restructure.
Lyons is also a member of that committee.
“There’s a huge gap in Division I with schools roughly with $175 million budgets and schools with $4 million budgets,” Lyons said. “A lot of times we’ve tried to legislate from an equality standpoint. Is there possibly a new division? Is there a Division Four? Do some schools break away and make a Division Four, and what is the membership requirements?”
He added: “So those are the things that we’re really going to have to get to the granular spot, and some of those are going to be very difficult conversations to have.”
BIG 12 HOOPS COULD BE WINNER IN LATEST CONFERENCE SHUFFLE
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas basketball coach Bill Self was so disgusted by the last round of conference realignment — when Missouri and Texas A&M bolted the Big 12 for the SEC — that he vowed never to play the Tigers again.
It didn’t matter that the Border War had been one of the best rivalries in college sports.
Self’s reason was simple: The departures, along with Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten and Colorado’s to the Pac-12, had left the Big 12 on precarious footing. Why continue with a treasured series with the league’s very existence on shaky ground?
The most recent round of conference realignment didn’t strike in Self nearly the same nerves. Perhaps because the Big 12 may have come out ahead — at least, when it comes to basketball.
Sure, the league will lose marquee names when Texas and Oklahoma leave for the SEC, but the football prowess of those two schools has historically outpaced their basketball pedigree.
Despite stars such as Kevin Durant and Buddy Hield over the years, the Longhorns have never won the Big 12 title and the Sooners haven’t won it since 2005. In fact, the two schools have only appeared in two national title games and never brought home a championship.
To replace them, the Big 12 is adding Houston, Cincinnati and Central Florida from the American Athletic Conference and BYU from the West Coast. The Bearcats have been to six Final Fours and delivered two national titles, Houston’s been to two title games and just went to the Final Four last season, and the Cougars are now a perennial NCAA tourney team.
“I think there was more concern in 2011, maybe because it was new, maybe because I was more involved,” said Self, who finally relented and allowed the Jayhawks to schedule a game against Missouri this season. “This time I wasn’t. I kind of felt like this time somehow it’d work out, it’d be figured out.”
It’s unclear exactly when the realignment will shake out. BYU has indicated it wants to begin play in the Big 12 in the fall of 2023 with the other three schools joining the following year, and Texas and Oklahoma are tied to their old league until 2025 for what amounts to an awkward lame-duck period that nobody is quite happy with.
For a while, the Big 12 might balloon from 10 teams to 14 before settling back at … well, the Big 12. Even Commissioner Bob Bowlsby feels good about where the league stands, and that’s a pleasant change.
“Nobody has a better basketball tradition than Cincinnati. BYU has traditionally played in the Top 25, doing it coming out of a relatively mid-major league,” Bowlsby said. “I think in Houston’s case, their strength is self-evident. They were in the Final Four last year. UCF has had good teams as well, coached by my dear friend Johnny Dawkins.
“I think you don’t ever replace truly an Oklahoma and a Texas,” Bowlsby added, “but in the sport of basketball, I don’t think there’s any question that we don’t fall off much and we may gain.”
College basketball fans may ultimately gain, too.
Those in the SEC will enjoy the renewal of some old Southwest Conference rivalries — Texas will face Arkansas and Texas A&M again — and Oklahoma will face old Big Eight foe Missouri again. The league also will become the new home of the Red River Rivalry, which means a whole lot more in football but still has plenty of pizzazz on the hardwood.
The biggest loser might be Oklahoma State, which could lose its annual Bedlam rivalry with the Sooners. But there are major benefits for other schools in the Big 12: West Virginia finally gets a natural and geographic rival in Cincinnati, Texas schools get another in-state rival in Houston while Central Florida allows the league to expand its footprint into new television markets.
“I think it’s a great thing,” Horned Frogs coach Jamie Dixon said. “We landed on our feet really well.”
The trickle-down effect of conference realignment hasn’t been as kind to other leagues.
The AAC lost three of its premier programs, knocking the league down a notch in the eyes of many. Memphis expressed an interest in joining the Big 12 but has so far been passed over, while Wichita State left the Missouri Valley for the AAC with the expectation that it would be easier to earn an at-large NCAA tourney bid there — and now that may not be true.
The AAC has responded by raiding Conference USA to add UAB, Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas and UTSA. Conference USA in turn added Jacksonville State, Liberty, New Mexico State and Sam Houston.
There are many planned changes in mid- and low-major leagues, but they are in some ways just as important. Most of them are one-bid leagues, which means a tougher conference would in theory make it tougher for schools such as Austin Peay or Southern Utah, which announced a move to the WAC earlier this year, to reach the NCAA Tournament.
“All the analysis that we did, everything that we looked at — we just feel that this is a very good move for us, for the future of Southern Utah, for both the school and the athletic department,” athletic director Debbie Corum said. ”As I told our coaches, we don’t have a crystal ball to know what the future brings, but if we didn’t think this was a really great move, we wouldn’t be making it.”
The Thunderbirds are far from the only schools making moves these days.
WASHINGTON SUSPENDS JIMMY LAKE FOR 1 GAME WITHOUT PAY
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington on Monday suspended head coach Jimmy Lake for one game without pay following a sideline incident during the Huskies’ game against Oregon.
Lake is suspended from all team activities for the week and will return to his coaching responsibilities on Sunday. Defensive coordinator Bob Gregory will serve as the interim coach for Saturday’s game against Arizona State.
Lake appeared to thrust his right arm toward and then shoved Ruperake Fuavai during a brief skirmish on the Washington sideline in Saturday’s 26-16 loss to Oregon. Fuavai appeared to be exchanging words with Oregon’s Jaylon Redd just before the incident with Lake.
“Our staff has spent the last 24-plus hours reviewing video of the incident, as well as speaking with coach Lake, the involved student-athlete and several other student-athletes and members of the staff, and I have made the decision to suspend Coach Lake for next Saturday’s game against Arizona State,” Washington athletic director Jen Cohen said in a statement.
Cohen added that she does not believe Lake’s actions were intentional, but “we can have no tolerance for a coach interacting with a student in the manner coach Lake did.”
“We have high expectations of conduct for our coaches, and we will not shy away from those expectations,” Cohen said.
Lake said after Saturday’s game that he did not hit Fuavai and was trying to get him away from Redd before it could become a penalty.
“I separated him. I did not strike him. I separated him,” Lake said.
The suspension capped arguably the lowest week of Lake’s tenure as Washington’s coach with the discontent among fans and alumni rapidly growing. Lake started last week by taking a verbal shot at the academics of Oregon when talking about recruiting.
Then came the sideline incident and another lackluster offensive performance by the Huskies in losing to the Ducks at home for the seventh time in the past eight meetings in Seattle.
Lake fired offensive coordinator John Donovan on Sunday with the Huskies ranking in the bottom third nationally in most offensive categories. Washington is 109th in scoring offense and 112th in total offense.
Wide receivers coach Junior Adams will replace Donovan as Washington’s play caller for the rest of the season.
Washington (4-5) must win two of its final three games to become bowl eligible.
FROST TO RETURN TO HUSKERS IN ’22 WITH RESTRUCTURED CONTRACT
Scott Frost will remain coach at Nebraska after this season but with a restructured contract, athletic director Trev Alberts announced Monday.
The Cornhuskers are 15-27 in four years under Frost, including 3-7 this season, and his future has been the subject of speculation.
“In my four months at Nebraska, I have closely observed our football team, and had several productive discussions with Coach Frost,” Alberts said in a statement. “Scott has laid out a clear plan and vision for the future of Nebraska Football and has agreed to a restructured contract.”
Details of the new contract were not immediately disclosed. Frost originally signed a seven-year contract paying him $5 million per year. Two years ago, he received an extension through 2026.
Frost is a native Nebraskan and he was quarterback for the Huskers’ 1997 national championship team. He coached Central Florida to an undefeated season in 2017 before returning to Lincoln to take over a blue blood program that has not won a conference championship since 1999.
“I appreciate the confidence Trev Alberts has shown in me to continue to lead this program,” Frost said. “I love this state, this football program and am honored and humbled for the opportunity to serve as the head coach at my alma mater.”
The Huskers are coming off a 26-17 home loss to No. 6 Ohio State that assured a fifth straight losing season, and fourth in a row under Frost. They play at No. 20 Wisconsin on Nov. 20.
“I am excited to continue to work together with Scott,” Alberts said. “We share a love of Nebraska and this football program and want nothing more than Nebraska football to again compete for championships.”
TEXAS TECH NAMES BAYLOR’S JOEY MCGUIRE AS COACH
Texas Tech named Baylor assistant and longtime Texas high school coach Joey McGuire as its next head coach on Monday, though he won’t take the job until the end of the season.
McGuire will be formally introduced Tuesday on the Lubbock campus. He will immediately join the Texas Tech athletic department while Sonny Cumbie continues to serve as interim head coach for the three remaining regular-season games and any bowl appearance.
“We are excited for this new chapter in Texas Tech football under the direction of Coach McGuire,” athletic director Kirby Hocutt said. “Our search committee was impressed from the outset not only with his significant ties throughout the state of Texas but his enthusiasm and desire to serve as the head coach at Texas Tech.”
McGuire will not finish his fifth season with 18th-ranked Baylor. He was hired by former Bears coach Matt Rhule and retained as associate head coach when Dave Aranda took over in 2020 after Rhule went to the NFL as coach of the Carolina Panthers.
“He’s become a friend, obviously,” Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades said. “I appreciate his service and reminded him this morning (to) say goodbye and then get on out the door. He’s now part of the enemy. It’s the way this business goes. … Wishing him the best.”
The Red Raiders (5-4) finish their regular season at Baylor on Nov. 27. They have home games against Iowa State and No. 10 Oklahoma State before then.
Texas Tech fired Matt Wells last month in the middle of the former Utah State coach’s third season. Wells finished 13-17 with the Red Raiders, who were 5-3 when the move was made. They lost 52-21 at fourth-ranked Oklahoma in their only game since, and had their open date last weekend.
The last time the Red Raiders finished with a winning record was 2015, when they were 7-6 in the third of former Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury’s six seasons as head coach. Their last bowl game was 2017, when they lost in the Birmingham Bowl to finish 6-7.
McGuire is a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor who led Cedar Hill to three state championships in 14 seasons.
“Joey’s got a great heart, Joey has a real fondness for his players and for the team. I think he’s got the ability to connect with people. And I think his care factor there is very strong,” Aranda said. ’“He is a guy that brings energy and brings a spark and fire to the times when it’s needed. And so I think Joey is a ball coach.”
FLORIDA QB RICHARDSON HURTS KNEE DANCING IN HOTEL, SITS OUT
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson, recovering from a concussion, injured a knee dancing in the team hotel the night before losing at South Carolina.
Coach Dan Mullen said Monday that Richardson was “gimping around” the football facility Monday. The Gators (4-5) host Samford (4-5) on Saturday.
Richardson had been cleared to play against the Gamecocks, who rolled to a 40-17 victory in which the Gators allowed a season-high 459 yards and their most points in series history.
But Richardson tweaked a knee busting a move and landed on the bench at South Carolina.
“His MRI came back clean,” Mullen said. “He’s fine. … He did treatment all day Saturday but was fine to go play, could have played Saturday but having not practiced, coming off a concussion, and with that he was going to emergency-only situation.”
Richardson was knocked out of a 34-7 loss to top-ranked Georgia in Jacksonville following a hit to the head/neck area.
Emory Jones regained his starting job against the Gamecocks and completed 17 of 30 passes for 258 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception.
NEW-LOOKED JAYHAWKS READY FOR MICHIGAN STATE IN NEW YORK
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas returned just about everyone from last year’s NCAA Tournament team, yet somehow the third-ranked Jayhawks look completely different heading into Tuesday’s season opener against Michigan State in the Champions Classic.
The only significant departure was Marcus Garrett, their floor leader and defensive stopper, and the Jayhawks responded by plumbing the transfer market for some speed, depth and athleticism that can help immediately.
There’s point guard Remy Martin, the All-Pac-12 performer from Arizona State, who is expected to provide some scoring pop that’s been missing from the position. Drake transfer Joseph Yesufu and Iowa State transfer Jalen Coleman-Lands will offer some depth and shooting ability, and Division II transfer Cam Martin can provide some help in the paint.
Now the question is how will all the pieces come together when it matters?
“It’s a different thing, and the pressure is different,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said. “You’re struggling with me yelling at you now because of the pressure or whatever, wait until Tuesday. You run out there, you’re in Madison Square Garden, you have some famous people sitting in the front row, the stakes are high and Michigan State is ultra-competitive.
“I don’t know how we’ll react,” Self said, “but our veteran guys should be fairly well accustomed to it.”
Indeed, the Jayhawks may look much different from the bunch that was run off the court inside Hinkle Fieldhouse by Southern California in the NCAA Tournament. But they still return four starters — though Jalen Wilson will be serving the first of a three-game suspension — and that includes sharp-shooter Ochai Agbaji and big man David McCormick.
That kind of experience is invaluable when it comes to marquee showdowns early in the season.
“We’re making sure guys that might not have understood the gravity of the games we’re getting to play,” senior backup Mitch Lightfoot said. “We’re reminding guys that we’re back to having packed houses, back to playing the biggest stages for the highest stakes. We’ll be locked into the scouting report, locked into what they do and hopefully playing our best.”
How that looks is another tantalizing question heading into the opening game of Tuesday night’s doubleheader.
The Jayhawks were a plodding team that struggled to create their own shot last season, and their dearth of athleticism was evident in the NCAA Tournament. But with Martin running the show, and the arrival of Yesufu and the other newcomers, the Jayhawks have the personnel to run a more up-tempo style this season.
Fans got a glimpse of it in an exhibition win over Emporia State; the Spartans will get the full dose Tuesday night.
“It was exciting just to see all the new guys find their roles,” Jayhawks junior Christian Braun said. “As you go throughout the year you’ll find guys get more comfortable, but we’re not there yet. We’re just seeing what guys can do, trying to learn the plays and stuff. It’s exciting for them. But just for me, it’s about taking a bigger step.”
The steps don’t get much bigger from Emporia State to Michigan State.
“There will be guys nervous for this game, more nervous than the first round of the NCAA Tournament, just because we don’t have 35 games under our belt to get used to what’s happening,” Self said. “This is totally new ground. We have eight newcomers out there. That’s a lot of newcomers, and they haven’t figured me out yet, and I’m just trying to get to where I know them. I anticipate there being some anxiousness, but that’s also positive, too.”
SHANNON BEING HELD OUT BY TEXAS TECH FOR ELIGIBILITY REVIEW
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Terrence Shannon Jr. will miss Texas Tech’s season opener Tuesday night and be held out of games while the school reviews eligibility rules after the standout forward went through the NBA draft process over the summer before returning to campus.
“Out of an abundance of caution, Texas Tech is withholding Shannon from competition to ensure there are no possible issues resulting from that process and that all NCAA rules were followed,” the school said Monday. “Shannon will not compete until this review process is completed.”
Shannon, a 6-foot-6 junior who was named to the preseason All-Big 12 team picked by coaches, averaged 12.9 points and 4.0 rebounds last season. He is Tech’s top returning scorer.
The Red Raiders open the season Tuesday against North Florida, the first of three home games the first seven days of the season. They will be playing their first games with Mark Adams as head coach. The top assistant replaced Chris Beard, who left to become coach at fifth-ranked Texas, his alma mater.
CURRY SCORES 50 POINTS TO GO WITH 10 ASSISTS IN WARRIORS WIN
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Stephen Curry’s personal shooting coach and passing man, Bruce Fraser, offered some pregame thoughts that worked wonders to get the reigning scoring champion right back in rhythm.
“We kind of talked about certain preparations into my shot, just certain mechanics that he called it even having a little bit more conviction about when it’s time to shoot,” Curry said. “Just a little seed he planted. I took that into warmups and the rest of the game. He was very timely with those words of wisdom.”
Curry scored an NBA season-high 50 points with nine 3-pointers, 10 assists and seven rebounds, almost single-handedly leading the Golden State Warriors past the Atlanta Hawks 127-113 on Monday night.
Oh, yes, Curry sure wanted that 50-spot. And if he wasn’t counting, his teammates were committed to getting him there.
“It’s always nice,” he said. “You never come out with like a certain number in mind. It’s just when you get it going, you just keep going.”
Only Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain and Rick Barry had registered a game with 50 points and 10 assists in Warriors franchise history.
“When he gets going like that, it’s a special day,” teammate and brother-in-law Damion Lee said.
Curry dominated for long stretches and danced in delight, repeatedly raising his arms in the air to encourage everyone fortunate enough to witness another of his brilliant performances.
He scored Golden State’s first 13 points, then 10 straight down the stretch in the third before dishing off for Juan Toscano-Anderson’s 3-pointer that made it 102-85 following the Warriors’ spectacular, 41-point quarter.
“That was just a stunning performance by Steph,” coach Steve Kerr said. “… He was amazing. I want to say I’ve never seen anything like it but I’ve been watching it for seven years, so I have seen something like it and still it’s just incredible to watch.”
Playing to chants of “MVP! MVP!,” Curry gave fans a scare with 8:48 left in the first when he jammed his left shoulder. He was examined by the medical staff during a Hawks timeout and could be seen nodding and moving his arms to shake out the shoulder before drawing cheers when he stayed in the game.
Curry notched his 10th career 50-point game and already had 24 points on 7-for-12 shooting by halftime with five 3-pointers.
“It doesn’t get old, for sure,” Kerr said.
Curry wound up 14 for 28 from the floor and made all 13 of his free throws as the Warriors won their fifth straight. They are holding opponents to 95.8 points during the unbeaten stretch.
Trae Young had 28 points and nine assists in Atlanta’s fourth straight loss and sixth in seven.
Jordan Poole added 16 points and Andrew Wiggins 13 for Golden State (9-1) in the second game of a back-to-back, the Warriors’ first time playing on consecutive nights so far this season.
The Warriors fell behind 55-40 in the second but got within 65-61 at halftime before their decisive third.
BULLS PULL AWAY IN 4TH, WIN 118-95 TO SNAP NETS’ 5-GAME RUN
CHICAGO (AP) DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points, Zach LaVine added 24 and the Chicago Bulls used a 42-point fourth quarter to pull away for a 118-95 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.
Rookie Ayo Dosumnu had a season-high 15 points and played a key role in the late rally as Chicago snapped a two-game losing streak.
Kevin Durant, who entered as the NBA’s leading scorer with a 28.6 average, had 38 points but Brooklyn had its five-game winning streak snapped. LaMarcus Aldridge added 19.
The Nets had played Sunday in Toronto and appeared to run out of gas late.
Brooklyn held a 78-76 edge entering the final quarter. Aldridge hit a pair of free throws to open the scoring in the fourth, but Chicago responded with 13 straight points to take command.
“We stayed aggressive,” DeRozan said. “We had a couple of stretches, especially in the first half, where we got messy on both ends. Turning the ball over, letting them get out in transition.
“We stayed resilient, especially going into that fourth quarter. We stayed aggressive and kept attacking, getting out on transition and making everything tough for them.”
DeRozan had back-to-back jumpers to tie the score at 80 and Dosunmu put Chicago back on top with a free throw. Dosunmu then converted a three-point play on the next possession to make it 84-80.
“He’s really, really good off the dribble, he’s really good going to the basket,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “To me, it’s all about his makeup. He’s got the `it’ factor. What I mean by that, he’s going to impact the game, he’s going to influence the game, and he’s incredibly motivated.”
Chicago stretched the lead to 89-80 before Durant scored the Nets’ first field goal of the fourth with 7:46 remaining. Alex Caruso countered with a 3-pointer to stretch the lead to double digits for the first time at 92-82.
Last Monday, the Bulls put together a 39-11 fourth to rally for a win in Boston.
“They made shots,” Durant said. “They were aggressive in everything that they did. They got stops, ran out. They got some high-level shotmakers on that team, so they made tough ones all night. You got to give them credit, they played with a lot of intensity.
“We’re frustrated. We want to win every game.”
Nikola Vucevic added 11 points and 13 rebounds for Chicago, which had dropped back-to-back games to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Unlike the previous three games, Chicago got off to a fast start and took a 35-27 lead after the first quarter. The Bulls were up 47-45 late in the second quarter before Brooklyn took control with 10 straight points, sparked by two 3-pointers by Joe Harris, for a 55-47 lead.
The Nets led 57-51 at halftime, with Durant and Aldridge leading the way with 15 points apiece.
JOKIC, MORRIS FRACAS MARS NUGGETS’ 113-96 WIN OVER HEAT
DENVER (AP) Nikola Jokic had 25 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists before the NBA MVP was ejected for violently slamming his shoulder into Markieff Morris, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Miami Heat 113-96 on Monday night.
The Heat said Morris has an apparent neck injury. Jokic said he saw a replay of the altercation and recoiled when he saw how hard Morris’ head hit the floor.
“I felt bad, really bad,” Jokic said.
Will Barton scored 25 points and Jeff Green, who started in place of an injured Michael Porter Jr., added 13 points for the Nuggets. Denver held the opposition to under 100 points for the seventh time this season.
Jimmy Butler had 31 points to lead the Heat, and Duncan Robinson had 13.
With 2:39 remaining, Morris elbowed Jokic in the midsection at half court. Jokic retaliated with a hard shove from behind with his upper arm/shoulder that knocked Morris to the floor. Morris rolled in pain as teammates pushed Jokic away. Medical personnel brought a stretcher onto the floor but Morris was able to get up and walk off the floor on his own.
“We wanted to make sure Kieff was and is OK. We’ll find out more,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of the apparent neck injury. “He’s moving around right now in the locker room. But that was a very dangerous, dirty play.”
Morris was assessed a flagrant foul and ejected, Jokic also was ejected and Butler received a technical foul.
Spoelstra said Jokic’s actions were “absolutely uncalled for.” Jokic, on the other hand, said Morris’ hit went beyond a hard foul.
“I felt I just needed to protect myself but on the other hand I’m not supposed to react that way, get thrown out of the game,” Jokic said.
Green called it “a play that shouldn’t happen.”
“I think Markieff just went and tried to make a hard foul. I don’t think he had any intention of hurting Joker,” he said. “But sometimes when things like that happen, you don’t know the intention of the other person and you just react and that’s what Joker did.”
Up by 15 at the half, the Nuggets scored 11 of the first 16 points in the third quarter, pushing their lead to 75-54 on a driving layup by Green off a feed from Jokic. Denver took a 91-70 lead into the fourth quarter.
Butler hit successive 3s around a basket by Jokic as Miami pulled to within 105-92 with jut over four minutes remaining before Barton connected on successive 3s to seal the win for Denver.
The Nuggets built a 64-49 lead at halftime, fueled by Jokic, Barton and Morris, all of whom were in double figures scoring by the intermission.
CAVALIERS GUARD SEXTON HAS LEFT KNEE TEAR, OUT INDEFINITELY
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers starting guard Collin Sexton will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a knee injury on Sunday in a win over the New York Knicks.
Sexton got hurt in the second quarter of Cleveland’s 126-109 victory, which pushed the surprising Cavs to 7-4 this season.
The team said Sexton has a meniscus tear in his knee, which will require additional testing and evaluation. The Cavs did not say anything about surgery, and that Sexton’s status will updated accordingly.
A first-round draft pick in 2018, Sexton is averaging 16 points and 3.3 rebounds in 28.7 minutes per game. The 22-year-old averaged 24.3 points in 60 games for Cleveland last season.
With Sexton out, Ricky Rubio could get more more playing time for coach J.B. Bickerstaff.
The 31-year-old Rubio came off the bench against the Knicks and scored a career-high 37 points, dropping a career-best eight 3-pointers.
The Cavs host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.
OVECHKIN TIES HULL FOR 4TH ALL-TIME; CAPS DOWN SABRES 5-3
WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin scored his 741st career goal to tie Brett Hull for fourth on the NHL’s all-time list, and helped the Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 on Monday night.
“I just take it day by day,” said the 36-year-old Ovechkin, who has 11 goals this season after entering Monday tied for the league lead. “You know it’s nice to be in that company. It’s pretty big numbers, so just move on. Obviously, it’s nice to be tied but I still have a couple games left.”
Tom Wilson added two goals and Evgeny Kuznetsov contributed his ninth, 10th and 11th assists as the Capitals snapped a three-game losing streak.
“The last couple games we wanted to be better,” Wilson said of his line that includes Kuznetsov and Ovechkin. “I think we really needed to step up tonight and lead by example and drive the bus a little bit.”
Ovechkin also assisted on two goals, including Wilson’s first that gave Washington an early lead it never relinquished. Connor McMichael and John Carlson also scored, and Vitek Vanecek made 25 saves for the Capitals.
Cody Eakin, Anders Bjork and Colin Miller scored for the Sabres, who suffered a fifth consecutive defeat, with four of those coming in regulation. Dustin Tokarski had 25 saves.
“I liked the fight all the way through to the end,” said Sabres coach Don Granato, whose team twice cut two-goal deficits in half. “I think there were opportunities in the game that were created and generated and it’s the way we need to play. We need to play aggressive.”
Ovechkin broke through when he redirected Dmitry Orlov’s shot into the top left corner nearly midway through the second period. That gave Washington a 3-1 lead that stood until Bjork scored early in the third period.
But Wilson completed his first multi-goal game since March less than three minutes later, taking a feed from Kuznetsov and finishing between Tokarski’s pads to make it 4-2.
Carlson added his goal with just over two minutes remaining, before Miller had the Sabres’ consolation tally.
EX-MET LEFTY FELICIANO, LED MLB 3 TIMES IN GAMES, DIES AT 45
NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano, who pitched so often he earned the nickname “Perpetual Pedro,” has died. He was 45.
Friends and former teammates told the Mets that Feliciano was found dead in his sleep Monday at home in Puerto Rico.
The left-hander led the majors in appearances for three straight years, pitching 86 games in 2008, 88 in 2009 and a whopping 92 times in 2010.
“I never had to look down to the bullpen to see if Pedro was ready. He was always on call and never said no. I know somedays he was tired, but he always took the ball,” former Mets manager Willie Randolph said in a statement.
Feliciano was 22-21 with four saves and a 3.33 ERA, all with the Mets, in a nine-year career that stretched from 2002-13. He pitched 484 games overall, second most on the Mets’ list behind John Franco’s 695, and worked a total of 383 2/3 innings.
“In all my years in baseball, I never saw a left-handed relief specialist have such a presence in the clubhouse. He had a great personality,” longtime Mets star David Wright said.
After going 3-6 with a 3.30 ERA in 2010, Feliciano signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the New York Yankees. But he never pitched in the majors for the Yankees because of shoulder trouble.
Feliciano returned to the Mets in 2013 and said in spring training that doctors had found a small hole in the exterior of his heart. He was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called left ventricular noncompaction, caused by the failure of myocardial development from birth.
Feliciano wore a heart monitor when he began pitching in exhibition games later that spring. He went 0-2 with a 3.97 ERA over 25 games in his final big league season.
A 31st-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1995, he later pitched in the minors for Cincinnati. He was traded to the Mets in August 2002 in a deal that sent pitcher Shawn Estes to the Reds.
Feliciano played in Japan in 2005 and rejoined the Mets the next season. In 2014, he pitched in the minors for St. Louis and in the Puerto Rican winter league.
ASTROS 3B BREGMAN HAS WRIST SURGERY, OK FOR SPRING TRAINING
HOUSTON (AP) — Astros third baseman Alex Bregman had surgery on his right wrist Monday, less than a week after ending the World Series in a prolonged slump.
The team said the two-time All-Star is expected to resume baseball activities in January and should be OK to begin spring training.
Bregman hit just .095 (2 for 21) in Houston’s six-game loss to Atlanta. He was dropped from third in the batting order to seventh for the last two games.
Bregman batted 6 for 53 (.113) during the last 14 games of the regular season and hit a combined .217 (13 for 60) in the postseason with one home run.
The 27-year-old said his right hand was feeling weak during the World Series.
Bregman missed two months during the season because of a strained quadriceps. He finished at .270 with 12 homers and 55 RBIs.
PITT G ITHIEL HORTON SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY FOLLOWING ARREST
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh has suspended junior guard Ithiel Horton indefinitely following his arrest over the weekend on charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.
The school made the announcement on Monday. Pitt is scheduled to open the season on Tuesday night against The Citadel.
According to a criminal complaint, Horton hit an officer in the face with his cell phone early Saturday morning in the city’s South Side bar district. Horton was upset that his car was being towed. The report said Horton pulled away while he was being handcuffed and ran away before falling to the ground. When officers tried to detain him, Horton allegedly struck the officer.
Horton entered the season as Pitt’s leading returning scorer, averaging 8.9 points in 22 appearances last season.
The suspension came less than a week after the Panthers lost graduate transfer guard Nike Sibande for the season when he tore an ACL during an exhibition victory over Gannon.
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INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: INDIANS MOURN THE LOSS OF FORMER FRONT OFFICE EXECUTIVE CAL BURLESON
INDIANAPOLIS – With great sadness, the Indianapolis Indians share that Cal Burleson – a front office member of the organization for 45 seasons (1975-2019) – passed away Sunday night from complications due to a cancer diagnosis he received last December. He was 71 years old.
Burleson was first hired by the Indians as ticket manager and began with the team on New Year’s Day, 1975. He served in that capacity for two years before taking over duties as business manager from 1977-80 and publicity director from 1981-86.
Burleson then ascended to the organization’s executive level as assistant general manager from 1987-97. In 1998, he was named the third general manager in Indians history and held that role through the 2014 campaign, twice being named the International League Executive of the Year (2000, ’13). In 2015-16, Burleson assumed duties as vice president of baseball and administrative affairs, functioning as the team’s representative with the Pittsburgh Pirates and International League office. He spent his final three seasons with Indy as senior vice president of community affairs, expanding his efforts of relating Indians baseball to community leaders and civic groups.
“Cal left an indelible mark on not only the Indians but all of Central Indiana. His legacy extends far beyond the Indians and his passing is felt by so many individuals in professional baseball,” said Indianapolis Indians CEO and Chairman of the Board Bruce Schumacher. “Our thoughts are with his wife Mai, daughter Heather and two granddaughters, and the many friends, fans, community leaders and children who were fortunate enough to cross paths and be positively influenced by Cal over the years.”
The Indians thrived on and off the field under Burleson’s leadership. He witnessed eight of the organization’s 13 league championships (1982, ’84, ’86-89, ’94, 2000), and his marketing prowess was instrumental in the team’s successful move from Bush Stadium to Victory Field, where he helped take attendance levels to new heights with franchise-record figures in 2014 (660,289) and ’15 (662,536). Those record-setting numbers came on the heels of the Indians being named the 2013 Triple-A recipients of the Bob Freitas Award, presented to the organization with the best overall operations.
“There is one overarching word that comes to mind when remembering Cal – passion. He approached everything in his life with a great deal of passion. He was passionate about his family, impacting generations of individuals in the Indianapolis community and driving the Indians to success on and off the field,” said Indianapolis Indians President and General Manager Randy Lewandowski. “In true Cal fashion, he tackled his cancer diagnosis head-on. Much like his desire for the Indians to compete until the final out, he showed fight, grit and determination to beat his diagnosis from start to finish. He was a mentor to many and will be sorely missed.”
In addition to his work with the team, Burleson held various leadership roles in the community over recent years. He served as chairman of the board for the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis and was a board member of the Indianapolis and Indiana Chambers of Commerce, the Indianapolis Urban League, the Military Family Research Institute and Jump IN for Healthy Kids, an initiative aimed at combating childhood obesity in Central Indiana. He also served on the Triple-A Marketing Committee.
Burleson’s passion for promoting healthy lifestyles for children was a key factor in the development and launch of RightFit – an after-school program that creates an opportunity for hundreds of elementary school students to build positive relationships with public safety personnel and fight childhood obesity through nutrition-oriented education and physical activity.
Celebration of Life arrangements are being finalized and will be shared in the coming days.
INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL GAME NOTES: EASTERN MICHIGAN
Indiana University begins its 122nd of competition in men’s basketball and will open the season in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall against MAC foe Eastern Michigan. The Hoosiers will also face a MAC opponent in Northern Illinois on Friday. IU has won 21 of its last 22 season openers with the only loss coming at home to Indiana State in 2017, 90-69. IU has a 74-12 record against the MAC.
RV/RV Indiana (0-0) vs. Eastern Michigan (0-0)
Tuesday, Nov. 9 • 6 p.m. ET
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) • Bloomington, Ind.
TV: Big Ten Network (Brandon Gaudin and Shon Morris)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn App
Series History: Indiana leads, 4-0
Last Meeting: Indiana 87, Eastern Michigan 67; Nov. 24, 2017
ON THE SIDELINES
IU Hall of Famer, All-American, Big Ten MVP and Indiana native Mike Woodson is the first Hoosier graduate to lead the program at the start of the season since Lou Watson in 1965. Dan Dakich served as interim coach for seven games at the end of the 2008 season. Woodson brings nine years of NBA head coaching experience back to his alma mater and worked for seven franchises as an assistant coach and won an NBA title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons. He played 11 seasons in the NBA as a player and is the fifth all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,061 points. His 19.8-point average is tied for second among players who spent four years in Bloomington.
Coach Stan Heath is in his first year at Eastern Michigan and also will coach at his alma mater where he graduated in 1987. Collegiately, he has been a head coach at Kent State, Arkansas and South Florida. In 2002, he guided Kent State to the Elite Eight where they fell to IU in the Southeast Regional Final in Lexington.
JACKSON-DAVIS IS CONSENSUS PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN
Junior/sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, the leading returning scorer in the Big Ten, has been named a first-team 2021-22 Preseason All-American by the Associated Press, noted analyst Dick Vitale and ESPN.com, and by Athlon’s Magazine and second team by the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and The Sporting News. The Center Grove standout was also selected to the Karl Malone Watch List, the NABC Player of the Year and Lute Olsen Player of the Year Watch Lists. He was a third-team All-American (Sporting News) last season. He started all 27 games in 2020-21 and was the only high major player to average at least 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds. He was fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (19.1), second in rebounding (9.0), fifth in field goal percentage (51.7%) and blocked shots (1.4) and was third in minutes played (34.2).
WHAT CLASS ARE THEY IN?
Indiana Basketball is listing a player’s academic standing and year in eligibility within most publications. However you’ve decided to do so after last year’s COVID-19 season is up to you.
ODDS AND TRENDS
The Hoosiers played three games in the preseason. The Hoosiers faced BC Mega twice in the Bahamas in August and participated in a secret scrimmage last week against Belmont. The Hoosiers are just outside the Top-25, receiving the 27th most votes in the AP Poll and 30th most votes in the coaches poll. The Hoosiers were last ranked nationally at #25 in January of 2019 by the Associated Press.
INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: BERGER AND PATBERG EARN SPOTS ON WADE WATCH LIST
ATLANTA – Senior guard Grace Berger and graduate student guard Ali Patberg each earned spots on the Wade Watch list of candidates for the 2022 Wade Trophy presented to the best player in college women’s basketball. Both return to the Wade Watch list after appearing on the list at different points last season.
Last season, Berger was nation’s leader in triple doubles while averaging 15.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and shooting 44.1 percent from the floor. Berger earned WBCA and USWBA All-American honorable mention honors and was also an All-Big Ten first team selection. She scored in double figures 23 times as a junior including seven games scoring 20 points or more. The Louisville, Ky. native and 2021-22 preseason All-Big Ten honoree and 2022 Cheryl Miller Award preseason watch list candidate looks to be the 29th member of IU’s 1,000-point club as she enters the 2021-22 season with 996 career points.
Patberg is a two-time Lieberman Award Top 10 finalist (2020 & 2021) and returns for her seventh and final season of college eligibility. Last season, the Columbus, Ind. native averaged 14.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and held a +2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio. She was named an All-Big Ten second team honoree last season in addition to appearing on the Jersey Mikes Naismith Trophy top 50, Wade Trophy watchlist and Wooden Award watch list in 2021-22.
The Wade Trophy — now in its 45th year — is the oldest and most prestigious national player of the year award in college women’s basketball. It is named in honor of the late, legendary Delta State University head coach Lily Margaret Wade, who won three consecutive national championships with the Lady Statesmen. First awarded in 1978 by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), now known as SHAPE America, the Wade Trophy has been presented to the WBCA NCAA Division I National Player of the Year since 2001. A full third of the list — 10 players — comes from Big Ten Conference institutions.
The No. 8/7 Indiana Hoosiers open up the 2021-22 regular season on Wednesday night at Butler. Tipoff at Hinkle Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m. ET.
PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: NO. 7 PURDUE OPENS 124TH SEASON TUESDAY VS. BELLARMINE
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The highly-anticipated 124th season of Purdue Basketball gets underway Tuesday, as Division I upstart Bellarmine visits Mackey Arena for the season opener. This will be the 55th season at Mackey Arena, where Purdue has a 48-6 record in home openers.
The Boilermakers are 102-21 (.830) all-time in season openers, including 15-1 under head coach Matt Painter. Purdue has won eight straight season openers by an average of 28.1 points per game.
The contest will be streamed online by B1G+ with David Weiderhaft and Meghan McKeown on the call. On the radio waves, Rob Blackman and Bobby Riddell will be courtside (Wes Scott producing) on the 22-station Purdue Radio Network and online on the Varsity Sports Network (app). Live stats will be provided on PurdueStats.com and updates will be provided on Purdue’s official Twitter account (@BoilerBall).
THE NOTES TO KNOW
1) Purdue begins the season in search of its 25th Big Ten Championship, having won two of the last five regular-season titles (2017, 2019). The Boilermakers are the all-time leader in Big Ten regular-season championships, two ahead of rival Indiana (22).
2) The Boilermakers return all five starters, and almost 95 percent of their scoring from a year ago. Purdue returns 90.9 minutes played from a year ago, the second-highest total in major-conference basketball (behind Butler). The Boilermakers return 218 career starts.
3) Purdue will have 10 players on its roster that have yet to play a game in front of crowds, either at home or on the road.
4) Purdue’s preseason AP ranking of No. 7 matches the highest preseason rank of the Painter era (2009-10; 7th).
5) Purdue returnees have scored a combined 3,526 points at Purdue, appearing in 489 career games among them.
6) Trevion Williams and Jaden Ivey have been named preseason All-Americans by almost every publication. Purdue has had an All-American in five of the last six years (A.J. Hammons – HM in 2016; Caleb Swanigan – 1st team in 2017; Carsen Edwards – 2nd team in 2018; Edwards – 2nd team in 2019; Williams – HM in 2021).
7) Purdue has finished in the top four of the Big Ten standings in 10 of the last 14 seasons under Coach Painter.
8) Matt Painter needs two wins in Big Ten play to tie Jud Heathcote for seventh on the Big Ten’s all-time wins list (182).
9) Purdue has won 991 Big Ten games in school history, needing nine league wins to become the first school with 1,000 Big Ten victories.
10) Purdue enters the season with 24 consecutive sellouts, not including the exhibition games. It has announced 10 sellouts already this year.
• The Boilermakers open their 124th season of competition Tuesday when Division I upstart Bellarmine visits Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers own a 102-21 (.830) record in season openers, including a 15-1 (.938) record under Matt Painter. • Purdue has won eight openers in a row by a combined 225 points (28.1 PPG). Purdue has allowed more than 60 points in a season opener just seven times under Painter. • Purdue is 10-2 all-time against members of the Atlantic Sun Conference, including 5-1 under Painter at Purdue. • This marks the second straight season that Purdue has opened against an Atlantic Sun opponent after topping Liberty 77-64 in last year’s opener at the SpaceCoast Challenge.
PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: IVEY, WILLIAMS NAMED TO NAISMITH TROPHY WATCH LIST
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Jaden Ivey and Trevion Williams have been named to the Naismith Trophy Watch List, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today.
Ivey, a 6-foot, 4-inch sophomore guard from South Bend, Indiana, had an outstanding freshman campaign, being named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team after averaging 11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. However, over the last six contests a year ago, Ivey averaged 18.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 37-of-79 (.468) from the field in that span. He scored 26 points against North Texas, the second-most ever by a Big Ten freshman in an NCAA Tournament debut.
Ivey then excelled this past summer on the international scene, being named to the FIBA U19 World Cup All-Star 5 Team after leading Team USA to the Gold Medal and averaging 12.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.7 blocks in just 16.5 minutes per game. Ivey played a major role in the Gold Medal game against France, sparking an American comeback in the second half.
Williams, a 6-foot, 10-inch senior forward from Chicago, was named to the list after being a first-team All-Big Ten selection and being one of five finalists for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award given to the nation’s top center after averaging 15.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game a year ago. He owned 11 double-doubles and his six 20-10 games were the third-most nationally for a major-college player. He also became just the ninth Big Ten player in the last 30 years to average at least 15 points, nine rebounds and two assists per game and was one of six players nationally a year ago to reach those marks.
Williams enters the season with 967 career points, 630 rebounds and 126 assists, being one of three active players to have at least 950 points, 625 rebounds and 125 assists.
Ivey and Williams have been named to almost every preseason All-Big Ten and All-American list.
No. 7-ranked Purdue opens its regular season tonight when it hosts Bellarmine at Mackey Arena, at 7 p.m. ET.
BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL: TIPS OFF 2021-22 CAMPAIGN TUESDAY NIGHT, HOSTING IUPUI AT HINKLE
Butler (0-0) vs. IUPUI (0-0)
Tuesday, Nov. 9; 6:45PM
Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.
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Radio: 1430AM – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)
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The Bulldogs officially open the 2021-22 season Tuesday night when the Jaguars of IUPUI make the short trip to Hinkle Fieldhouse from downtown Indianapolis.
The game is part of the FOX Opening Night Tip-Off Show, which will have FS1 showcasing all of the BIG EAST teams who have opening-night contests. While FS1 will cut in and out of Butler’s game throughout the night, fans who want to follow solely along with the Bulldogs’ game are encouraged to watch the contest in its entirety on the FOX Sports App.
THE SERIES: Butler and IUPUI meet for the seventh time with Tuesday’s match-up. The Bulldogs have won all six previous games, all of which have been played at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The two teams also opened the 2019-20 season at Hinkle Fieldhouse, which is coach LaVall Jordan’s only meeting against the Jaguars as the head coach at Butler.
• The Bulldogs have won their home opener in 22 consecutive seasons; that dates back to 1998 when Southwest Missouri State (now referred to as Missouri State) won a 72-57 decision at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
• Butler is 59-1 over its last 60 non-conference home games.
• Butler was picked to finish sixth in the BIG EAST Preseason Poll by the conference’s head coaches.
• Sophomore Chuck Harris was an honorable mention selection to the Preseason All-BIG EAST team by the conference’s head coaches.
• Butler’s 2021-22 roster includes six players who are entering their fifth or sixth season of college basketball.
• The Bulldogs return 10 of their 11 top scorers from a season ago.
• Butler’s roster returns 97.2 percent of its scoring and 96.2 percent of its minutes played from last season.
• Butler adds graduate transfer Ty Groce to the roster; Groce led Eastern Michigan in both scoring and rebounding in 2020-21.
• Butler had nine players miss at least one game last season due to a non-COVID injury.
• Butler and Creighton were the only two BIG EAST teams to play all 20 conference games during the 2020-21 season.
• Butler overcame a 19-point deficit to beat Xavier in the BIG EAST Tournament, the largest comeback in a win for the Bulldogs since erasing a 20-point deficit at Georgetown Dec. 27, 2017.
• Five of Butler’s 10 wins in 2020-21 included double-digit comebacks.
• Harris was the first freshman to lead Butler in scoring since 1979-80 season.
• Harris was a unanimous selection to the 2020-21 BIG EAST All-Freshman Team.
• Eight different Bulldogs led the team in scoring last season; six different Bulldogs posted 20-point games.
• Butler committed single-digit turnovers in nine games last season.
• Butler went 8-4 at Hinkle Fieldhouse during the 2020-21 season.
• Bryce Nze finished fourth in the BIG EAST in rebounding (7.7 per game)
DRESS REHEARSAL #1: The Bulldogs opened the season with a 94-84 exhibition win over Tiffin Oct. 30 at Hinkle. Freshman Jayden Taylor led the Bulldogs with 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Both Bryce Nze (23 points, 10 rebounds) and Aaron Thompson (11 points, 10 assists) posted double-doubles. The Bulldogs shot 58 percent for the contest and held strong advantages in rebounding (37-23) and points in the paint (50-28). Tiffin stayed in the contest by shooting 15-of-29 from three-point range.
DRESS REHEARSAL #2: The Bulldogs closed the exhibition portion of their schedule with a Friday night win over the University of Indianapolis, 73-68. Chuck Harris led the Bulldogs with an efficient 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Bryce Nze posted 15 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the preseason. Jayden Taylor added 12, his second straight double-figure scoring performance. The Bulldogs committed only five turnovers.
TOUGH SLATE: In addition to a true round-robin format that has Butler playing all 10 BIG EAST foes both on the road and at home, the Bulldogs will challenge themselves significantly with this season’s non-conference schedule. Butler will host Michigan State Nov. 17 in the annual Gavitt Games. The Maui Invitational (now being played in Las Vegas) features an opening-round match-up with 2021 Final Four team Houston. The Bulldogs travel to Oklahoma Dec. 7 in the annual BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle. Butler and Purdue, which is No. 7 in the AP preseason poll, will meet Dec. 18 in the Crossroads Classic.
HAPPY RETURNS: Butler returns 10 of its top 11 scorers from last season. In all, Butler’s roster returns 97.2 percent of its scoring and 96.2 percent of minutes played from the 2020-21 season. Butler returns five double-digit scorers from a season ago and adds Ty Groce, a graduate transfer from Eastern Michigan. Groce led the Eagles in scoring last season, the sixth player on the Butler roster to average double figures in 2020-21. Butler has six players who will play their fifth season of college basketball during the upcoming campaign — Aaron Thompson, Bryce Nze, Jair Bolden, Christian David, Bo Hodges, and Ty Groce. Of that group, Nze, Bolden and Groce are in their sixth year of college after previously redshirting and now taking advantage of the additional season of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
PRESEASON PICKS: The BIG EAST head coaches picked the Bulldogs to finish sixth in the league standings in the preseason poll that was announced as part of BIG EAST Media Day in New York City in October.
WHAT WILL HE DO FOR AN ENCORE?: Butler’s Chuck Harris was recognized as an honorable mention selection to the 2021-22 All-BIG EAST preseason team. Harris was one of three unanimous picks on the 2020-21 All-BIG EAST Freshman Team, joining Posh Alexander of St. John’s and Marquette’s Dawson Garcia (Garcia has since transferred to North Carolina). Harris led the Bulldogs in scoring during the 2020-21 season, becoming the first freshman to lead the team in scoring since the 1979-80 season (Tony Warren). Harris led the team in scoring in 17 of his 24 games played, scoring 20 or more points six times.
Harris became the third Bulldog to earn a spot on the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team since Butler joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season. Kamar Baldwin was also a unanimous selection in 2016-17 and Andrew Chrabascz earned a spot on the 2013-14 team.
TOP 10 WINS: Butler defeated No. 8 Villanova, 73-61, Feb. 28 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in the Bulldogs’ Senior Day. It was Butler’s second Top 10 win of the season; the Bulldogs also defeated No. 8/6 Creighton on Jan. 16.
HOME SWEET HINKLE: Butler is 48-14 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in LaVall Jordan’s four seasons as head coach of the Bulldogs.
CALL IT A COMEBACK: Five of Butler’s 10 wins during the 2020-21 season included a double-digit comeback. The Bulldogs overcame a 19-point deficit in the BIG EAST Tournament win over Xavier, which was Butler’s biggest comeback since erasing a 20-point deficit at Georgetown Dec. 27, 2017, taking a 91-89 double-overtime win.
Other comebacks included a Feb. 9 16-point comeback against St. John’s as well as 12 vs. DePaul, Feb. 6; 13 vs. Creighton, Jan. 16; and 11 vs. Georgetown, Jan. 6.
BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: GJERGJI EARNS RECOGNITION FROM COLLEGESOCCERNEWS.COM
For the second time this season, the Butler men’s soccer team was featured by Collegesoccernews.com when Senior Goalkeeper, Gabriel Gjergji, was named to its eleven-member Team of the Week (November 1-7).
Gjergji had a six-save evening anchoring a Butler defense that shutout St. John’s, 1-0, in their final regular season contest to secure the number six seed in the Big East Tournament. The Bulldogs then tied St. John’s 0-0 and advanced past the Red Storm 4-2 in penalty kicks in the opening round of the Big East Tournament. Gjergil had five saves, including a key stop in the penalty kick shootout, to play a key role in the tournament win over the Red Storm. Butler advances to the semifinals of the Big East Tournament where they will face No. 2 seed Providence on Thursday.
This is Gjergji’s third time being named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week after being selected, first in 2019, and then earlier this season.
BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: CABRERA, JR. TABBED ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM; MYERS EARNS SECOND TEAM RECOGNITION
Two Bulldogs earned All-BIG EAST honors for the 2021 men’s soccer season, as chosen by the BIG EAST coaches and announced by the conference office Monday, November 8. Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, while Rhys Myers was chosen to the Second Team.
Butler finished its conference slate with a 5-4-1 record, landing in sixth in the final league standings. After a quarterfinal upset win against No. 3 seed St. John’s, the Bulldogs are currently preparing for a BIG EAST Tournament semifinal match against No. 2 seed Providence.
Cabrera, Jr., a junior from Bogota, Columbia, was also a 2020-21 All-BIG EAST First Team selection and returns to the list for a second time after a conference season that included three goals and two assists. He finished fourth in the BIG EAST in shots (27) and shots per game (2.70), tied for fifth in goals (3), and eighth in points (8). This is the fourth All-BIG EAST honor for Cabrera, Jr., as he also was recognized as 2019 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and to the 2019 Second Team.
Myers, a senior from Nottingham, England, anchored a Butler defense that finished second in the conference in goals allowed (10) and third in shutouts (3). This is the second All-BIG EAST honor for Myers, as he was previously named to the 2020-21 All-BIG EAST First Team.
2021 BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Annual Awards
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
Diego Gutierrez, Creighton, Sr., F
BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year
Dante Polvara, Georgetown, Jr., M
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Sean Zawadzki, Georgetown, Sr., M
BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year
Luka Gavran, St. John’s, Jr, GK
BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
Mateo Leveque, Connecticut, Fr., M
BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
All-BIG EAST First Team
Wilmer Cabrera, Jr., Butler, Jr., F
Diego Gutierrez, Creighton, Sr., F *
Dante Polvara, Georgetown, Jr., M *
Sean Zawadzki, Georgetown, Sr., M
Will Sands, Georgetown, Jr., D
Paulo Lima, Providence, Sr., M
Ramzi Qawasmy, Providence, Sr., D
Lucas Bartlett, St. John’s, Sr., D
Luka Gavran, St. John’s, Jr, GK
Brandon Knapp St. John’s, Sr., M
Karsen Henderlong, Xavier, Jr., F
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Rhys Myers, Butler, Sr., D
Callum Watson, Creighton, Sr., M
Jake Fuderer, DePaul, Sr., D
Stefan Stojanovic, Georgetown, Jr., F
Daniel Wu, Georgetown, Jr., D
Lukas Sunesson, Marquette, Jr., F
Edrey Caceres, Marquette, Fr., M
Gevork Diarbian, Providence, So., F
Luis Garcia, Providence, Jr., M
Lyam MacKinnon, Villanova, Jr., M
Carson Williams, Villanova, RSr., GK
All-BIG EAST Third Team ^
Mateo Leveque, Connecticut, Fr., M
Paul Kruse, Creighton, Sr., GK
Charles Auguste, Creighton, Sr., M
Gandhi Cruz, DePaul, RFr., GK
Zach Riviere, Georgetown, Sr., F
Giannis Nikopolidis, Georgetown, Sr., GK
Chris Hegardt, Georgetown, So., M
Kenny Nielsen, Georgetown, So., D
Beto Soto, Marquette, So., M
Davis Smith, Providence, Gr., F
Malcolm Duncan, Providence, Gr., D
CJ Tibbling, Seton Hall, Sr., F
Luca Dahn, Seton Hall, Sr., D
Johannes Pex, Seton Hall, Jr., D
*denotes unanimous decision
^extra players added due to a tie in voting
NOTRE DAME WBB GAME PREVIEW: OHIO
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Ivey Era makes its proper debut on Tuesday, Nov. 9, in front of live crowd inside Purcell Pavilion when the Notre Dame women’s basketball squad hosts the Ohio Bobcats in their season opener. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and will stream live on ACCNX.
SEASON OPENERS / REVENGE MATCHUP
This time a year ago, the Irish traveled to Athens, Ohio, riding a 25-year win streak in season openers. However, the Bobcats picked up the 86-85 upset. Ohio was led by the tandem of Cece Hooks and Erica Johson, who combined for 56 of their 86 points.
Dara Mabrey exploded with a career-high 34 points on 11-of-19 shooting. It marked the highest point total in an Irish debut. Mabrey connected on 7-of-14 from deep, which tied for the second-most in a single game.
RING OF HONOR – COACH MCGRAW
A Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, a two-time national champion, an empowering voice for women, and to several of her former players – simply the G.O.A.T. Former Notre Dame women’s basketball head coach Muffet McGraw has earned countless distinctions and accolades over her legendary career; thus, it’s only right that the next women’s basketball Ring of Honor inductee is none other than Coach McGraw.
McGraw becomes the seventh Ring of Honor inductee on the women’s side, joining six of her former proteges: Ruth Riley-Hunter, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Niele Ivey, Beth (Morgan) Cunningham, Kayla McBride and Natalie Achonwa.
In addition, she becomes just the second head coach, joining Digger Phelps, and the third Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer, joining Adrian Dantley and Austin Carr.
McGraw’s Ring of Honor ceremony will take place before Notre Dame’s home matchup against Purdue-Fort Wayne on Dec. 12. That contest tips off at 2 p.m. ET.
FRESHMAN STARTING AT POINT GUARD
Come the season opener, fans can expect to see freshman Olivia Miles start at point guard, joining a very rare and elite company. The last time a freshman started at point since day one, none other than Lindsay Allen.
Back in 2013, it was the first time a Fighting Irish rookie point guard started the season opener since Nov. 26, 1994, when Mollie Peirick cracked the lineup and played 38 minutes (two points, five rebounds, three assists) in a 65-60 overtime loss at No. 25 Seton Hall.
A NEW SAM
Sam Brunelle has been quite open and candid about the challenges she faced last season, facing an injury-riddled sophomore season. She entered the covid year +25 pounds, unable to train properly on bad knees. Fast forward to now and she is down 30 pounds and “in the best shape of her life.”
REMEMBER, REMEMBER, THE WINS OF NOVEMBER
Over the past decade, the Irish have found tremendous success in the month of November. In fact, the Irish have gone an impressive 55-6 over the opening month of play.
After earning First Team All-ACC honors a season ago and the Coaches nod for Rookie of the Year, Maddy Westbeld was named Preseason All-ACC for the 2021-22 season.
The youth movement was on full display with Westbeld the sophomore and Notre Dame’s two freshmen making the ACC Newcomer Watch List.
When it came to the Naismith position awards, junior Sam Brunelle made the Katrina McClain Watch List for the second consecutive year. The award recognizes the best power forwards in the country.
CITRON EARNS GOLD
Freshman Sonia Citron got some international experience before the preseason began, earning gold with the U19 Team USA squad at the 2021 FIBA World Cup. Citron averaged USA second bests of 14.3 ppg and 7.7 rpg overall in Hungary. As a result, she was named to the World Cup All-Star Five Team.
THE MOST COMPLETE FRESHMAN IN THE ACC
One could make the argument that Maddy deserved the Blue-Ribbon media nod for Rookie of the Year as well. She was not only the most complete freshman in the ACC this past season, but also one of the most complete in the entire country. Here’s the stats to back it up:
• ACC Freshmen-only stat rankings: 1st in Scoring, 2nd in Rebounding, 2nd in Steals, 4th in Assists & 4th in Blocks. She was the only freshman in the league to rank in the top-four in all above-mentioned categories.
• Maddy was the only freshman in the country who averaged at least 15 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists & 1.4 steals. Overall, she was just 1-of-8 Division-I players.
• Ranked 4th in the country among freshmen in the Points+Rebounds+Assists/Game category with 25.5 – topped ACC freshmen.
• Her 15.2 ppg led all ACC rookies and ranked 10th overall in the league. Nationally, her scoring average ranked 11th among all Division I freshmen.
IMMEDIATE IMPACT – OLIVIA MILES
Notre Dame received a major midseason pick-me-up in star point guard Olivia Miles, who became the program’s first ever early enrollee. Miles arrived on campus on Jan. 18 and partook in a week of quarantine. Once she was cleared, she started practicing with the team on Jan. 27. She had three practices under her belt heading into Syracuse, where she made an immediate impact.
Miles brought a new look and swagger to the Irish offense. The freshman ended the season on a five-game double-digit scoring streak, totaling 52 points (10.4 ppg) in that span. Her 9.3 ppg on her short season ranked as the 4th best on the squad, while her 3.5 apg took the top mark.
More impressive was the fact that the 18-year old was thrown into the fire — four out of her six games were against top-5 seeds in the ACC tournament.
Miles made up one-half of Coach Ivey’s top-five nationally ranked recruiting class that also featured guard Sonia Citron. Miles was ranked the No. 8 prospect overall by ESPN and the No. 2 point guard.
WHERE MADDY RANKED AMONG ND FRESHMEN
We talked about where Maddy ranked among the top freshmen in the country, but what about Notre Dame all-time?
Westbeld’s 15.2 ppg scoring average ranked in the top-three all-time behind Shari Matvey (17.6 in 1979-80) and Beth Morgan (17.9 in 1993-94). Furthermore, her 7.9 rpg tied Brianna Turner for fourth.
APPROACHING MILESTONE: 700
When it comes to the Mabrey family, that’s a whole lot of buckets. Queens of three some might say. Marina graduated in 2019 as the program’s all-time career made three-pointer leader, draining a total of 274. Michaela converted a career total of 228, while Dara now boasts 195. All-in-all, the Mabreys have totaled a whopping 697 splash-downs.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: WILLIAMS NAMED TO PAUL HORNUNG AWARD HONOR ROLL
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame running back Kyren Williams has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll following his performance in Notre Dame’s, 34-6, home win over Navy Saturday afternoon. It marks the third-straight week Williams has been named to the Honor Roll and fifth time this season.
Williams led the Irish in the win with a team-high 95 yards rushing, two rushing touchdowns, seven receptions and 176 all-purpose yards. It was his third-consecutive game and fourth time this season he has totaled 150 all-purpose yards or more and he ranks 14th in the country with 138.0 all-purpose yards per game.
Williams has tallied at least one touchdown in each of his last five games and it is the second time this season he has had multiple rushing touchdowns in a game. He also moved up in the Notre Dame record book following his season-high seven receptions against Navy. He now sits sixth all-time for career receptions by a running back (70) and seventh all-time for most receptions in a single season by a running back (34).
On the year, Williams leads the team with 1,242 all-purpose yards and 802 rushing yards, and ranks second on the team in receptions with 34.
BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: HOSTS MILWAUKEE TUESDAY IN SEASON OPENER FOR FIELD TRIP DAY
Game 1 | Ball State vs. Milwaukee (Field Trip Day)
Muncie, Ind. | Worthen Arena | 11:30 a.m. ET
Watch: ESPN3 | Listen: Muncie Sports Station (102.9 FM/1340 AM) | Live Stats
– Last year, Ball State played at Milwaukee on Nov. 25, 2020 in its season opener resulting in a 56-67 loss for the Cardinals. Prior to that, BSU and the Panthers had not competed against one another since 2003-04. The two schools’ have met a total of six times with Milwaukee leading the all-time series 5-1.
– The Cardinals’ lone win against the Panthers was on Jan. 12, 1991 at Milwaukee by a score of 82-60.
– The last time Ball State won it season opener was in 2017, that year the Cardinals defeated Cleveland State on the road by a score of 76-64.
– Head coach Brady Sallee is 2-6 all-time in season openers at Ball State dating back to his first season in 2012-13.
– Milwaukee will be only the second school from the state of Wisconsin that ninth-year head coach Brady Sallee has faced. In 2019, Ball State faced Big Ten foe Wisconsin at the Bahamas Hoopfest.
– Today’s contest marks the fifth annual Field Trip Day. The Cardinals are 4-0 on Field Trip Day with wins against Arkansas Pine Bluff (88-60), Austin Peay (89-57), Bowling Green (77-70) and Xavier (70-49).
Agustsdottir Nearing 1,000 Career Points:
– Ball State senior crasher Thelma Dis Agustsdottir is nearing the 1,000 career point plateau. Agustsdottir currently has 909 points and needs 91 to become the 30th member of the 1,000 point club and the ninth under head coach Brady Sallee.
A lot of New Faces:
– Ball State welcomes three true freshmen to the team in Ally Becki, Madelyn Bischoff and Marie Kiefer. The Cardinals also welcome four transfers to the roster this season in Makenna Burch, Skyla Knight, Chyna Latimer and Jazmyn Turner.
– Ball State returns All-Mid-American Conference selection Sydney Freeman from last year’s squad (12.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg) along with teammates Anna Clephane (12.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg), Thelma Dis Agustsdottir (11.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg), Annie Rauch (6.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg), Blake Smith (3.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg), Ivet Subirats (3.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg), Estel Puiggros (1.4 ppg, 1.1 rpg) and Cameron Grant.
– After today’s the Cardinals remain home for the first of three contests versus schools from the state of Indiana, when it welcomes Purdue Fort Wayne to Worthen Arena on Friday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Ball State and Purdue Fort Wayne have met six times, with the Cardinals leading the all-time series record, 6-0. Ball State and Purdue Fort Wayne’s last meeting was in 2019 in Fort Wayne. The Cardinals defeated the Mastodons, 83-52.
– Call 888.BSU.TICKET or 765.285.1474 to join the Cardinal Family inside Worthen Arena! Season tickets and groups are on sale now. Single game tickets will be available now at the numbers listed above and online at Ticketmaster.com.
A Cardinal Win Would:
– Give Brady Sallee his 164th Ball State career victory.
– Give Brady Sallee his 5th Field Trip Day win.
– Give Brady Sallee his 300th career win as a head coach
– Milwaukee returns 13 players from a year ago and was selected to finish second in the Horizon League preseason poll.
– Milwaukee is 2-0 on the road against the Cardinals and has won five straight dating back to 1992.
– Milwaukee ended the 2020-21 season with a 20-8 overall record, the program’s 10th season with at least 20 victories.
– Milwaukee returns a solid core of experience for the upcoming season.Graduates Miquela Santoro, McKaela Schmelzer, and Sydney Staver are back for another season after averaging over 20 minutes per game each. Schmelzer started all 28 contests and has led the team in assists in each of the last three seasons. Staver finished third on the team with 9.2 points per game and Santoro was the first off the bench and averaged 4.8 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in her first year with the Panthers. In total, Milwaukee has 13 returners from a year ago.
– Milwaukee was phenomenal from the line in 2020-21, setting a new NCAA Division I record in free throw percentage with a mark of 83.8 percent. That number knocked off Idaho State’s 83.2 percent clip in 2008 and also topped the men’s record of 82.2 percent which was set by Harvard in 1984.
– Megan Walstad was named to the Preseason All-Horizon League First Team following an impressive campaign in 2020-21. After being sidelined the year prior, Walstad returned to the floor and dominated down low as she collected a First Team All-League award last season. The redshirt sophomore led the team in scoring (12.0 points per game) field goal percentage (50.0) and blocks (50) while ranking second in rebounds (8.7 per game).
PURDUE FT. WAYNE MBB GAME PREVIEW: EARLHAM
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The 2021-22 Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball season will start on Tuesday (Nov. 9) when Earlham comes to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The Mastodon women’s basketball team will host Manchester at 5 p.m.
Masks are required at all times for spectators at the Gates Sports Center and the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (0-0) vs. Earlham (0-1)
When: Tuesday, November 9 | 7:30 p.m.
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Live Stats: Link
KNOW YOUR FOE:
• Earlham opened up the 2021-22 season with an 84-78 loss to Rockford on Friday.
• Anthony Phillips and Kolden Vanlandingham both tallied 18 points for the Quakers in the loss to Rockford.
• Earlham went 1-8 last season in an abbreviated schedule. The NCAA Division III Quakers went 10-15 in 2019-20.
• Joe Scheuers is the head coach of the Quakers. The Trine graduate is in his third season.
• The only other meeting between the two teams came on Nov. 8, 2018. The ‘Dons won 112-51. Jarred Godfrey scored 23 points in his collegiate home debut.
A BIT ON JARRED GODFREY:
• Jarred Godfrey was selected to the 2020-21 All-Horizon League Third Team last season.
• He was named to the 2021-22 All-Horizon League Preseason Team.
• Jarred Godfrey owns 1,100 career points, 11th most in program history. He’ll stay in 11th for awhile as No. 10 is David Simon. He scored 1,237 points from 2002-05.
• Jarred Godfrey enters the season with 89 career games and 59 starts. He shot a career-best 80.9 percent from the free throw line last season. He also averaged a career-best 16.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.
• Jarred Godfrey scored 41 points vs. UIC on Jan. 8, 2021. The career high stands as the most by a Mastodon in program history at the Gates Sports Center. It was also three points shy of the program record for points in a game. He finished a career-best 11-of-12 from the line. Godfrey scored eight points in overtime.
ADDITION BY ADDITION:
• Damian Chong Qui joins the Mastodons in 2021-22. He helped Mount St. Mary’s to an NCAA Tournament berth last season. He averaged 15.1 points per game for The Mount last year.
• Damian Chong Qui enters the season with 950 career points, needing just 50 to reach 1,000
• Damian Chong Qui is the second Mastodon to join the ‘Dons after playing at Mt. Saint Mary’s. Bobby Planutis spent his freshman season of 2017-18 at The Mount.
DAYS UPON DAYS:
• It has been 643 days since the ‘Dons have played at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The last contest was a 75-69 victory over Western Illinois on Feb. 5, 2020.
• The time the Mastodons played in front of home fans was Feb. 26, 2020 a 58-51 victory over Denver at the Gates Sports Center. A span of 622 days.
• The Mastodons are 7-0 in home openers under Jon Coffman.
FITS THE BILL:
• Deonte Billups is nearing 500 points. He owns 485 points.
PIP FROM THE FLOOR:
• Jalon Pipkins shot 52.7 percent from the floor last season (127-of-241), fourth best in the Horizon League.
BOBBY FOR THREE:
• Bobby Planutis made 45.5 percent from three last season, making 46-of-101.
LAST SEASON THE ‘DONS…:
• Ranked second in the nation in Effective Field Goal Percentage (eFG%) at 58.2.
• Finished fourth in the nation in field goal shooting (50.1 percent) only behind Gonzaga, Stephen F. Austin and Weber State.
• Finished fourth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (40.0 percent) only behind Baylor, South Dakota State and Colgate.
• Were the only team to rank in the top five in the nation in field goal and 3-point field goal percentage.
• Saw their 50.1 field goal percentage rank as the best in Division I program history and the best since 1992-93 for a Mastodon team.
• Recorded three of the Mastodons’ top 10 all-time 3-point percentage performances.
1st, Jan. 16 at Milwaukee (70.6 percent, 12-of-17)
7th, Dec. 27, vs. Robert Morris (64.7 percent, 11-of-17)
10th, Jan. 9, vs. UIC (61.1 percent, 11-of-18)
• Were one of only three Horizon League teams to earn the National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC) Team Academic Award.
SINCE 2016-17 THE ‘DONS HAVE…:
• 15 games of 100 or more points, tied for fifth most in the nation during this time. Only Citadel, Gonzaga, Central Michigan and UNC Wilmington have more.
• Four games of 20 or more 3-pointers, second in the nation behind Savannah State who has five.
• Four games with 30 or more field goals, most in the nation.
• Made 1,529 3-pointers, 10th most in the nation.
• Shot 54.9 percent on two-point shots, eighth best in the nation.
• Shot 47.1 percent overall, 14th best in the nation.
• Shot 37.0 percent from three, 17th best in the nation.
EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL: MEN’S BASKETBALL FACES BEARCATS IN SEASON OPENER
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Following a pair of exhibition games, it is time for the real thing as the University of Evansville men’s basketball team opens up the 2021-22 regular season on Tuesday against the University of Cincinnati. Set for a 6 p.m. CT tip, ESPN+ will have the coverage from Fifth Third Arena.
Setting the Scene
– Four starters highlight an experienced group that heads into the 2021-22 season with Evan Kuhlman, Noah Frederking, Jawaun Newton and Shamar Givance back in the lineup
– The lone starter to graduate as Jax Levitch, who started last season for UE as a graduate transfer
– Six newcomers join the team including four freshmen, a sophomore and a junior
– Only a year removed from an 0-18 mark in the Missouri Valley Conference, the Purple Aces won seven league games a season ago…UE is just the second team in MVC history to follow a winless conference season with seven victories
– Southern Illinois was 0-16 in 1980-81 but rebounded to go 7-9 a year later
– The 7-game improvement for UE is the best that the conference has seen since Loyola went from eight league wins in 2016-17 to 15 a season later
– Evansville was the first team to jump from 10th in the MVC standings to a top five seed since Drake went from 10th in 2017 to 4th place in 2018
Last Time Out
– Thursday’s exhibition finale saw the Purple Aces take a 74-64 win over Kentucky Wesleyan at the Ford Center
– Shamar Givance led the way with 16 points while hitting 9 of his 10 free throws
– Blaise Beauchamp scored 15 while Evan Kuhlman had 12 points and a game-high 8 rebounds
– The Aces finished the game shooting 46.9% from the field while going 12-of-24 from outside
– Tuesday will tip off the 103rd season of Aces basketball
– In 102 previous season openers, the Aces are 67-35
– UE is in search of its first season-opening road win since a 63-51 win over Western Michigan in 1994
– Since then, the Aces have opened the season on the road just five times, dropping each contest
– This will mark the first time UE has opened the season against a school from Ohio since Nov. 17, 2001 – an 87-64 home win over Youngstown State
– The last time UE opened its season on the road in Ohio came against Miami University on 11/24/90 – a 93-82 Aces victory
New Guys Chipping In
– Exhibition games provide the opportunity to try out multiple different lineups while newcomers are able to work their way onto the floor
– Antoine Smith Jr. was in the starting lineup against Mount St. Joseph and finished with 13 points and 3 rebounds in 26 minutes of action before adding 8 points and 5 boards against Kentucky Wesleyan
– While technically not a newcomer as he played two games last season, Emmette Page was 5-of-6 from the field on his way to 14 points in the preseason opener…he led the team with three steals while adding a rebound and an assist
– Blaise Beauchamp was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line on his way to a 9-point game against MSJ before registering 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting against KWC
Scouting the Opponent
– Cincinnati returns three starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s team who was 12-11 overall while going 8-6 in American Athletic Conference action, finishing in 5th
– Their top returning scorer is Jeremiah Davenport, who finished the season averaging 11.7 points per game, second on the team
– Davenport was tied for second on the team with 5.0 rebounds per contest
– Mika Adams-Woods returns with his 8.6 PPG average and was one of the top free throw shooters, hitting 87.3% of his attempts
– UC is led by Wes Miller, who is in his first season at the helm of the program following a decade at UNC Greensboro
INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: WBB PREVIEW | SYCAMORES WELCOME STEPHENS (MO.) TO OPEN 2021-22 SEASON
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State makes its 2021-22 regular season debut on Tuesday night as the Sycamores welcome Stephens (Mo.) College to Hulman Center to open the Chad Killinger coaching era. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be carried live on ESPN+ and GoSycamores.com All-Access.
Game Quick Hits
> Indiana State makes its 2021-22 season debut this weekend under the new leadership of head coach Chad Killinger as they take on the floor against Stephens College (Mo.)
> Killinger became the ninth head coach in ISU women’s basketball history after taking the reins of the program in late April
> The Sycamores return four starters from last season’s team that finished 5-15 overall with a 2-12 mark in Missouri Valley Conference play
> The Sycamores return 83.6% of their starting five scoring output, while nine returners overall highlight the roster coming into the 2021-22 season
> ISU also welcomed three Division I transfers to the court this year with Anna McKendree (Nicholls State), Florence Tshimanga (SMU), and Tonysha Curry (Stetson) all set to debut on the court for Indiana State this season
> Stephens College is one of five first-time opponents for Indiana State this season with ISU also facing off against Jacksonville State, Georgia Southern, Illinois Chicago, and Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne for the first time in 2021-22
>The Sycamores contest against the Stars also marks the first time ISU has lined up against an opponent from the NAIA America West Conference.
About the Opponents
Tuesday night marks the first competition between Indiana State and Stephens College in each institution’s program history. The Sycamores and Stars have never taken the floor against each other – and the contest also marks Indiana State’s first competition against an opponent from the NAIA American Midwest Conference.
Stephens College struggled from the floor in the 2020-21 season with the Stars finishing the year with a 1-13 overall record in their 14 conference games. The Stars picked up their lone win of the 2020-21 season non the road with a 60-54 victory over Hannibal-LaGrange University.
Stephens averaged 48.6 points per game offensively, but struggled on the defensive end allowing 69.3 points per contest over the year. Senior guard Cedreanna Lee returns to the floor as the team’s leading scorer from the 2020-21 season after averaging 10.0 points per game on the year.
The Stars head to Hulman Center having already played two games in the 2021-22 season as the Stars opened up the season over the weekend at the Manhattan Christian Classic. The Stars split in their first two games of the season with Stephens falling to Crowleys Ridge College, 78-71, before topping Randall University (71-63) over the two-day event held in Manhattan, Kan.
New Man at the Helm
The Sycamores made a splash late in the 2021 spring as Indiana State announced Chad Killinger would be taking over the role of Head Coach at Indiana State heading into the 2021-22 year. Killinger becomes just the ninth coach in ISU history to assume the reins of the program and came to Indiana State with 25 years of college coaching experience with stops at Nicholls State, East Carolina, and Marshall among others.
Killinger made his mark on the junior college level with 18 of his 25 seasons coming in the JUCO ranks. Over his tenure, he’s coached or recruited 130 student-athletes who moved on to play at the four-year level with 54 of them signing at NCAA Division I institutions. Among the players who moved on to the D1-level included former ISU guard Alexis Newbolt who lined up for the Sycamores in 2014-16 and played in 54 career games.
Killinger boasts an impressive 279-167 (.626) overall record as a head coach coming into the 2021-22 season and has been a part of 473 victories at the collegiate level.
First-Time Opponents/Non-Conference Schedule
Indiana State’s 2021-22 non-conference schedule will feature an even blend of familiar faces and newcomers to the floor this season as the Sycamores will face-off against five first-time opponents, while also taking on six familiar foes this year. Indiana State boasts an overall winning record (56-36) record against their non-conference slate this year with their longest running rivalry coming against Eastern Illinois (38-24). ISU also boasts an all-time winning record against five of the six familiar teams on the non-conference schedule including a win in their lone contest against Nebraska back in 1994.
Out of the five newcomers on the 2021-22 schedule include home games against the home opener against Stephens (Mo.) and the December 14 contest against Illinois Chicago. The Sycamores will travel to IPFW on December 20 in their final game prior to the holiday break, while ISU will take on both Jacksonville State and Georgia Southern in the Georgia Southern Thanksgiving Classic held over Thanksgiving Break in Statesboro, Ga.
Additional home games for the Sycamores this season include a November 17 home date against Eastern Illinois, December 4 against Western Michigan, and December 14 against Illinois Chicago. The Sycamores head to Saint Louis (Nov. 14), Western Kentucky (Nov. 24), Chicago State (Dec. 1), and Nebraska (Dec. 11) to wrap up the non-conference portion of the schedule.
Indiana State was selected ninth overall in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason women’s basketball poll as announced by the conference office on Tuesday morning. The Sycamores received 102 total points in the poll as voted on by the conference’s coaches, sports information directors, and media.
The Sycamores return four starters from last season’s team that finished 5-15 overall with a 2-12 mark in MVC play. Sommer Pitzer, Caitlin Anderson, Marie Hunter, and Adrian Folks return to account for 83.6% of the starting five scoring output on the year, while nine returners overall highlight the roster coming into the 2021-22 season.
Missouri State was tabbed as the preseason favorite in the MVC with the Bears receiving 362 points and 35 first-place votes. Drake (two first-place, 316 points) and Northern Iowa (three first-place, 298 points) round out the top-three in poll.
Competitive. Play Hard. Unselfish. Play with Pride.
What is Indiana State women’s basketball? In the words of Head Coach Chad Killinger, Indiana State women’s basketball can be defined as the above. All of these attributes have been defined by the program throughout the offseason and Killinger expects the team to continue to embrace these philosophies as they head into the 2021-22 season.
In addition to the above, the players have also declared their own word for the season: Energy. With a new voice to the program as Killinger takes the helm, and new players with a fresh perspective hitting the floor, each practice has built off the previous session heading into the new year.
INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: TYREKE KEY TO MISS 2021-22 SEASON DUE TO SEASON-ENDING SURGERY
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State guard Tyreke Key will have season-ending surgery to correct shoulder instability issue head coach Josh Schertz announced Monday. The procedure will sideline Key for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.
“Tyreke’s decision to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery was the only choice after speaking with the doctor and looking at all available options,” head coach Josh Schertz said. “Both in the short and long term, doing the surgery now gives Tyreke the best chance to have not only the basketball career that he wants, but the quality-of-life post basketball that is so important to all who care about him.”
Schertz continued: “While Tyreke is expected to make a full and complete recovery and will be in great hands, we know the rehab process will be a very challenging one for someone who is wired like he is. Our staffs full focus moving forward will be on Tyreke’s recovery along with maximizing the group of players that we have in our locker room. I know I speak for Tyreke and our entire program when I say we greatly appreciate the support he has received from our incredible fan base, and we all look forward to seeing him back doing what he loves in a few months. I promise the best is yet to come for #11!”
Key said of the injury: “With this being one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, I will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery. This is certainly not the way I envisioned this season playing out, but I do need to consider my health and my future of playing basketball. I would like to thank you all for the continued support as this reoccurring issue will be resolved and I will mentally be at peace.”
A Celina, Tenn. native, Key returned for a fifth season with the Sycamores after another standout season in 2020-21 when he averaged 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, two assists and 1.1 steals per game. He led the MVC with 33.9 minutes per game while increasing his scoring output to 18.6 points per game during conference action.
The fourth-fastest player to join the 1,000-point club in program history, Key sits sixth all time in Indiana State history with 1,650 career points.
MARIAN VOLLEYBALL: JAI-LYN NORWOOD NAMED CROSSROADS LEAGUE ATTACKER OF THE WEEK
Jackson, Mich. – For the second time this season, Marian volleyball’s Jai-Lyn Norwood has been named the Crossroads League Attacker of the Week, as voted on by the conference’s 10 sports information directors. Norwood won her first honor of the season on October 18, with this week’s honor marking the fifth overall weekly award in her track and volleyball career.
Norwood had a masterful game Saturday night in the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals, posting a match-high 15 kills on 21 swings to record a .667 hitting percentage. Norwood’s hitting percentage was higher than all players in the Crossroads League on Saturday who had more than 15 attacks. The junior middle also had three block assists, and also averaged five kills per set.
Marian will host No. 4 seed Bethel on Wednesday night in the CL Tournament Semifinals. First serve will come at 7 PM and be aired on the ISC Sports Network.
MARIAN WOMEN’S SOCCER: ALLIE SCHLOM CLAIMS SECOND CROSSROADS LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Jackson, Mich. – Marian women’s soccer earned their sixth Crossroads League Offensive Player of the Week honor Monday afternoon, as the league tabbed Allie Schlom the weekly winner after her performance in Saturday’s Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals. For Schlom this is her second honor of the season, previously winning the award on September 20.
Schlom scored twice and added an assist in No. 8 Marian’s 5-0 victory against Bethel in the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals. The junior put three of her four shots on target and ended the match with five points. Schlom’s assist came on Marian’s game-winning goal, and her goals were scored in both the first and second halves.
The Knights will travel to No. 2 seed and seventh ranked Indiana Wesleyan on Wednesday night in the Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals. Kickoff from Marion is set to begin at 7 PM.
INDIANA WESLEYAN MEN’S SOCCER: AARON CARR NAMED CROSSROADS LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan Athletics Department is pleased to announce Aaron Carr (Cedar Springs, Mich.) as Crossroads League Player of the Week. Aaron Carr made 11 saves on Saturday leading Wildcats to a 0-0 draw at the end of double overtime. Carr stopped two shots in shootout to send Wildcats to Crossroads League semifinals.
INDIANA WESLEYAN VOLLEYBALL: PAIGE THIBAULT NAMED CROSSROADS LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan Athletics Department is pleased to announce Paige Thibault (Watertown, MN) was named Crossroads League Player of the Week for the second time this season. Paige collected 25 total digs in a three-set win over Grace College last week. This is her sixth time this season that she has had a total of 20+ digs in a game this season. She also added two assists and one service aces.
FRANKLIN SWIMMING: NEWS | CREECH, JACKSON SWEEP HCAC DIVER OF THE WEEK HONORS
CARMEL, Ind. – Franklin College junior divers Gauge Creech and Faith Jackson swept the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Diver of the Week awards on Monday (Nov. 8), making each a two-time winner of the league’s weekly honor on the young season.
Both turned in strong showings on the one-meter board during last week’s home dual openers. Greenwood, Ind.-native Jackson claimed first place across all of her events over the weekend in dual matchups with Asbury, Bluffton and Hanover. She racked up 477.85 points over 11 dives on Friday night against Asbury and Bluffton. Jackson finished with 526.35 points over 11 dives on Saturday against Hanover, setting a new school record for a six-dive score with 309.55 points. Jackson now has nine HCAC Female Diver of the Week honors to her name.
Franklin, Ind.-native Creech won both diving sessions on Friday night against Asbury, recording an 11-dive total of 516.90 points. He competed in the five-dive session on Saturday against Hanover, putting up 235.30 points to win that heat. It becomes the 10th time in his career that Creech has earned the league’s weekly award for his showing on the board.
Both divers will be back in the pool on Friday (Nov. 12) night for an HCAC dual showdown with Transylvania. Start time is set for 6:00 p.m.
MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING NOTEBOOK, WEEK 4
Athletes of the Week:
Men’s Swimming Athlete of the Week:
Connor Hood (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Junior – Hood notched four first-place finishes over the weekend, including two individual wins and a relay win on Saturday at home in Transylvania’s HCAC opening win over Manchester. Hood won the men’s 200 freestyle (1:57.77) and won the high-intensity men’s 500 freestyle (5:07.70) by 22 seconds over the runner-up. Hood’s third win on Saturday came in the men’s 400 freestyle relay win for the Pioneers (3:30.34). Hood picked up a relay win on Friday at Union in a thrilling 91-89 win for the Pioneer men’s team; Hood was part of a quartet which took first in the men’s 400 freestyle relay (3:43.85) and earned two runner-up finishes, notching a time of 59.21 s in the men’s 100 backstroke and a time of 3:51.86 in the men’s 400 medley relay.
Men’s Diving Athlete of the Week:
Gague Creech (Franklin, Ind.) Franklin College | Junior – Creech won both diving sessions on Friday night against Asbury, recording an 11-dive total of 516.90 points. He competed in the five-dive session on Saturday against Hanover, putting up 235.30 points to win that heat.
Women’s Swimming Athlete of the Week:
Olivia Greinke (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Sophomore – Greinke had a superb team-focused and individual focused effort to lead the Pioneers to a pair of wins this weekend, a Friday win at Union (Ky.) College and a Saturday win against conference opponent Manchester (350-132) to lead the Pioneers to a 2-0 week and a 1-0 start in conference competition. Greinke’s week was highlighted by her Saturday showing against Manchester as she won the women’s 50 butterfly, the women’s 50 breaststroke, and the women’s 200 individual medley. Greinke also competed in the women’s 400 medley relay race which took first over Manchester in 4:25.94. Greinke added two more wins the night before at Union, winning the women’s 200 IM once again (2:32.12), and teamed up with Ritzenthaler, Monarch, and Thompson to win the women’s 400 medley relay (4:31.14).
Women’s Diving Athlete of the Week:
Faith Jackson (Greenwood, Ind.) Franklin College | Junior – Jackson claimed first place across all of her events over the weekend in dual matchups with Asbury, Bluffton and Hanover. She racked up 477.85 points over 11 dives on Friday night against Asbury and Bluffton. Jackson finished with 526.35 points over 11 dives on Saturday against Hanover, setting a new school record for a six-dive score with 309.55 points.
- Evan Kropf (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Anderson University | Senior – Against Rose-Hulman on Saturday, Kropf won the 50 freestyle (22.56) and the 100 backstroke (54.80). Kropf also competed on Anderson’s 200 medley relay team (1:42.80-3rd) and Anderson’s 400 freestyle relay team (3:37.21-2nd).
- Matthew Hayward (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Anderson University | Sophomore – Hayward captured first in the 1-meter diving event with a 6-dive score of 259.85 points and an average of 43.31 points per dive.
- Campbell Coyle (Danville, Ky.) Franklin College | First-Year – Coyle earned wins in all of his individual events and one relay over the weekend as Franklin’s men picked up dual wins over Asbury & Hanover. He claimed the 100 freestyle (47.76) and 200 freestyle (1:44.51) while running one leg of the winning 400 medley relay in Friday’s night’s win over Asbury. Coyle paced the field in the 500 freestyle on Saturday (4:59.89).
- Parker York (North Manchester, Ind.) Manchester University | First-Year – York led Manchester with a pair of event wins at the Transylvania Dual Meet on Saturday. York won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:06.63. York added another event win in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.33. York also added a trio of all-time top 10 times at Manchester, doing so in the 100-breaststroke, 100-yard freestyle, and 50-yard breaststroke.
- Derick Miller (Arlington, Texas) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Miller won two individual events and added one relay win to help Rose-Hulman defeat Anderson in a dual meet on Saturday. Miller won the 100-butterfly in 51.97 seconds and the 100-breaststroke in 1:01.17. He was also part of the 200-medley relay team in a time of 1:37.42.
- John Dinkel (Alexandria, Va.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First-Year – Dinkel finished first in 3-meter diving (188.45) and second in 1-meter diving (194.90) to help Rose-Hulman defeat Anderson in a dual meet on Saturday.
- Ezra Mulalic (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | First-Year – Mulalic helped the Pioneers win two dual meet wins this weekend. Mulalic won the men’s 1-meter dive on Friday at Union College with 53.16 points to boost the Pioneers to a 91-89 win on the men’s side. The next day in the HCAC opening 164-58 win against Manchester, Mulalic took a runner-up finish in the men’s 1-meter dive (57.60 points) to round out his weekend and help the Pioneers take both wins on the men’s side and with combined scores.
- Lily Hunter (Westfield, Ind.) Anderson University | Junior – Against Rose-Hulman on Saturday, Hunter captured first place in both the 200 freestyle (2:07.59) and the 50 freestyle (26.96). Hunter also competed on Anderson’s ‘A’ teams in the 400 freestyle relay (3:58.65-1st) and the 200 medley relay (2:02.08-2nd).
- Halle Strege (McCordsville, Ind.) Anderson University | Junior – Strege secured first in the 1-meter diving event against Rose-Hulman on Saturday. She posted a 6-dive school-record score of 238.5 for an average score of 39.75 points per dive, which is also a school record.
- Brooke Kleman (Glandorf, Ohio) Bluffton University | Senior – Less than one week after earning All-Heartland Conference honors for the Bluffton University volleyball team, senior Brooke Kleman etched her name at the top of the swimming record book for not one, not two, but three events. She collected two fourth place finishes and a fifth place in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:16.91). Her fourth-place showings came in record-breaking times for the 100-yard freestyle (1:00.85) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:11.59).
- Caileigh McCafferty (Wonder Lake, Ill.) Franklin College | Junior – McCafferty won all three of her individual events over the weekend as Franklin claimed dual wins over Bluffton and Asbury on Friday and Hanover on Saturday. She was the only Grizzly swimmer to win multiple events on Friday, taking first place in the 200 IM (2:15.08) and the 100 freestyle (54.94). McCafferty closed out her weekend by winning the 100 butterfly on Saturday (1:02.36).
- Ilys Anderson (Hebron, Ky.) Hanover College | Junior – Anderson led the Panthers at Franklin claiming top marks in two events. She won the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 27.38, while also winning the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 59.46.
- Kelsey Anderson (Crawfordsville, Ind.) Manchester University | First-Year – Anderson won the 200-yard freestyle at the Transylvania Dual Meet with a leading time of 2:19.85. Her time ranked as the sixth-fastest in the MU record books. She also added top 10 times at Manchester in the 50 & 100-yard breaststroke’s.
- Natalija Pumpurs (Woodbridge, Va.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Pumpers won three individual events and was part of the winning 200-medley relay team in a Rose-Hulman dual meet win over Anderson. Pumpurs won the 50-backstroke (30.91), the 100-backstroke (1:06.81), and the 50-butterfly (28.37). She was part of the 200-medley relay winning team with a mark of 2:00.65.
- Audrey Hankins (Lynn Haven, Fla.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First-Year – Hankins placed second in 1-meter diving (192.3) and recorded a score of 74.60 with three exhibition dives in 3-meter competition in a Rose-Hulman victory over Anderson.
- Mackie Redford (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Sophomore – Redford won both events in women’s diving in Saturday’s HCAC opening win over Manchester. Redford won the women’s 1-meter dive with 237.97 points and captured a first-place showing in the women’s 3-meter dive with 245.17 points. The night before in a one-sided win at Union College, Redford won the 1-meter dive (171.53 points) and 3-meter dive (27 points) to grab a maximum amount of available points on the weekend to help the Pioneers go 2-0 against the opposition.
Athlete of the Week:
Eva Bazzoni (Wabash, Ind.) Manchester University | Guard | First-Year – Bazzoni had a stellar collegiate debut this weekend for the Black & Gold. Bazzoni led Manchester with 23 points at Rockford on the strength of 8-14 shooting from the field. Bazzoni also shot 5-9 from three-point range. Eva helped spearhead an 18-8 run late in the fourth quarter and briefly gave Manchester a one-point lead after scoring a layup with four seconds left on the clock. Rockford however would go on to hit a buzzer-beater as time expired to slip past MU 83-82.
- Payton Moore (Spiceland, Ind.) Anderson University | Forward | Senior – Moore racked up 18 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks against Webster on Friday.
Athlete of the Week:
Marrell Jordan (Chicago, Ill.) Defiance College | Guard | Senior – Jordan scored 20 points in a 78-50 win against Maranatha-Baptist on Saturday and then scored a career-high 33 points in an 89-84 loss to Miami-Hamilton.
- Anthony Phillips (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Earlham College | Guard | Senior – Phillips led the Quakers in points in their season-opening loss to Rockford on Friday. The senior shot 7-for-12 from the field and made 4-of-7 three-point shots for a total of 18 points on the evening.
Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Tyson Harley (New Palestine, Ind.) Anderson University | Quarterback | Junior – Harley threw for 316-passing yards and six passing touchdowns during Anderson’s 42-14 win against Defiance. Harley also rushed for 55-yards, bringing his total offense to 371-yards for the day.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Tyler Smith (Spring, Texas) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defensive Line | Junior – Smith had a monster day with 12 tackles, two TFLs, one sack, four pass breakups and two quarterback hurries in Rose-Hulman’s 38-14 at Franklin. Smith leads RHIT defensive linemen with eight pass deflections and has one defensive touchdown (vs. Manchester) so far this season.
Special Teams Athlete of the Week:
Kyle Farsing (Harrison, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Kicker | Junior – Farfsing made five kicks in the Lions dominant win over Hanover on Saturday. He hit three field goals (21-yards, 27-yards, 23-yards) and a pair of PATs. Scoring 11 points in the Lions 23-6 win over the Panthers. He also handled kickoff duties hitting six kicks for 298 yards.
- Jawan Coney (Hammond, Ind.) Anderson University | Defensive Line | Sophomore – Coney tallied three tackles, 1.5 tackles for losses and 0.5 sacks. He finished the day with seven TFL yards and four sack yards. Coney also broke up two passes and provided a quarterback hurry.
- Caleb Oliver (Marion, Ind.) Anderson University | Kicker/Punter | Senior – Oliver finished 6-6 on extra-point attempts during Anderson’s 42-14 win against Defiance.
- Blake Rine (Heath, Ohio) Bluffton University | Quarterback | First-Year – Rine completed 19-of-25 for 250-yards and three touchdowns in his finest game as a Beaver. He helped the Beavers pile up a season-high 415-yards, including 293 through the air.
- Stephan Kosakow (Cleveland, Ohio) Bluffton University | Cornerback | Senior – Kosakowski spearheaded the defense with eight tackles and a breakup as the Beavers limited Manchester to just 286 total yards.
- Jake Baumgartner (Toledo, Ohio) Bluffton University | Kicker/Punter | Junior – Baumgartner nailed a 37-yard field goal and went 4-of-4 on extra points in Bluffton’s 31-7 win over Manchester on Saturday. He had five kickoffs for 294-yards (58.8 AVG) with one touchback. He also executed a fake punt on 4th-and-9 deep in Bluffton territory in the fourth quarter, running for 19-yards and a first down.
- Kai Ross (Lizton, Ind.) Franklin College | Quarterback | First-Year – Ross threw for a career-high 245-yards with one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown for Franklin on Saturday against Rose-Hulman.
- Jared Frank (Louisville, Ky.) Hanover College | Wide Receiver | Senior – Frank led the Panther’s offense on Saturday with two receptions for 78-yards and a touchdown. He also added a 70-yard hook-up with Matthew Weimer for the score.
- Brody Luker (New Palestine, Ind.) Hanover College | Defensive Back | Sophomore – Luker paced the Panther defense with six combined tackles, including three solo in the contest with MSJ. The sophomore also added two interceptions.
- Jalen Masden (Evansville, Ind.) Manchester University | Linebacker | Senior – Masden led Manchester with eight total tackles – seven of which were solo – against Bluffton this past weekend. Masden added one sack for a loss of six yards.
- Adam Tice-Saliu (Java, Va.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Wide Receiver | Junior – Tice-Saliu hauled in four catches for 121-yards, including a career-long 76-yard touchdown reception, to highlight the offense in Rose-Hulman’s 38-14 win at Franklin. The game marked the first 100-yard receiving game of the season for Tice-Saliu.
- Jailen Hobbs (Bunnlevel, N.C.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Returner | Sophomore – Hobbs returned four punts for 69-yards, highlighted by a 59-yard punt return for a touchdown, and also returned one kickoff for 23-yards in Rose-Hulman’s 38-14 win at Franklin. Hobbs also had three receptions for 24-yards and one rush for 4-yards in the victory.
RIVER STATES CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS SELECTED FOR NOV. 1-7
IU EAST’S O’LEARY SCORES RSC WOMEN’S SOCCER OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East midfielder Shelby O’Leary had two goals in a playoff victory to secure River States Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for Nov. 1-7.
A freshman from Fairfield, Ohio, O’Leary scored two first-half goals in the Red Wolves’ 3-0 win over Oakland City (Ind.) in the RSC Championship quarterfinals. She scored in the sixth and 15th minutes to send IU East on its way.
O’Leary scored on both of her shot attempts on the day. The victory advanced the No. 3 seed Red Wolves on to play at No. 2 Rio Grande (Ohio) in the semifinals Nov. 10.
POINT PARK’S SERLIN CHOSEN RSC WOMEN’S SOCCER DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Point Park (Pa.) University goalkeeper Ella Serlin had a big game in the postseason to claim River States Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week Nov. 1-7.
A sophomore from Toronto, Canada, Serlin came up with eight saves in a 1-0, double overtime victory over IU Kokomo in the RSC Championship quarterfinals. In 101 minutes of action, she faced 27 shots and did not allow a goal to earn the shutout.
Point Park, the No. 4 seed, moved on to play at No. 1 Ohio Valley (W.Va.) in the semifinals Nov. 10.
OAKLAND CITY’S TALLADA EARNS RSC MEN’S SOCCER OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Oakland City (Ind.) University midfielder Jorge Tallada had three points in a playoff win ot earn River States Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week Nov. 1-7.
Tallada, a freshman, had a goal and an assist in the Mighty Oaks’ 3-0 victory over IU East in the RSC Championship quarterfinals. He scored the eventual game-winner in the eighth minute to set the tone. Tallada later assisted on Connor Shields’ tally in the 76th minute to put the game away, 3-0.
No. 3 seed Oakland City advanced to play at No. 2 Brescia (Ky.) in the semifinals on Nov. 10.
WVU TECH’S VILLALOBOS NAMED RSC MEN’S SOCCER DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — WVU Tech goalkeeper Nicolas Villalobos was named the River States Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for his play Nov. 1-7.
In an RSC Championship quarterfinal matchup with St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.), WVU Tech got a 3-0, shutout victory. Villalobos was not asked to make a save in the game as the Golden Bears led in shots, 21-1, and 9-0 in shots on goal.
It was the sixth game of the year in goal for the native of Spain and just his third start coming in a postseason victory. The No. 4 seed Golden Bears moved on to play at No. 1 seed Rio Grande (Ohio) in the semifinals on Nov. 10.
IU SOUTHEAST’S FISHER GETS ANOTHER RSC DEFENDER OF THE WEEK AWARD
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Southeast libero Lexie Fisher picked up her fourth River States Conference Volleyball Defender of the Week honor of the year. The latest award was for her play Nov. 1-7.
Fisher, a junior from Mt. Washington, Ky., totaled 62 digs in three matches as the Grenadiers were 3-0 to finish out the regular season. She averaged 6.89 digs per set to control the back row in wins over Asbury (Ky.), Oakland City (Ind.) and Brescia (Ky.).
She was also strong from the service line with a total of eight aces across the nine sets played. IU Southeast wrapped up a record of 17-11 overall, 12-5 RSC to move into the RSC Volleyball Championship quarterfinals as a No. 3 seed on Nov. 12.
IU EAST’S SWIMM REPEATS AS RSC VOLLEYBALL ATTACKER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East outside hitter Jessica Swimm claimed her second River States Conference Volleyball Attacker of the Week honor in a row, this time for her play Nov. 1-7.
A second-year freshman from Hagerstown, Ind., Swimm had 49 kills in three matches on the week as the Red Wolves went 3-0 to claim the RSC East Division title. Highlights of the week included a school record 31 kills in a five-setter over WVU Tech and a career-high seven aces in a sweep of Carlow.
Swimm averaged 4.45 kills per set and hit .330 for the week. She totaled eight aces, 23 digs and two blocks, and she scored 58 points. IU East will play its next match in the RSC Volleyball Championship quarterfinals on Nov. 12.
IU EAST’S SHIRLEY GRABS RSC VOLLEYBALL SETTER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East second-year freshman Reece Shirley had a career-high for assists to claim River States Conference Setter of the Week for Nov. 1-7.
The Michigan City, Ind., native had a career-best 64 assists in a win over WVU Tech to highlight the week. That started off a 3-0 week for the Red Wolves, who claimed the RSC East Division title in the process.
For the week, Shirley had 118 total assists in 11 sets and three matches. She averaged 10.73 assists per set to add to her RSC lead in assists average. Shirley also added 33 total digs (3.33 per set), six total blocks and 10 kills on the week.
IU East’s next match is Nov. 12 at the RSC Volleyball Championship quarterfinals.
RIO GRANDE’S SKEEN’S GETS RSC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande guard/forward Ella Skeens is the first selection for River States Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week this year after her performance Nov. 1-7.
The Chillicothe, Ohio, native put up 23.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game as the RedStorm went 2-0 at the RedStorm Classic. She shot 52 percent from the field (16 for 31), was 5 for 7 from long range and was a perfect 10 for 10 from the foul line.
Skeens had 22 points and was 4 of 5 from long range in a win over Goshen. She then put up 25 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in a victory over Concordia (Mich.).
Rio Grande is 4-0 and will be at Shawnee State Nov. 9.
IU KOKOMO’S HAMPTON PULLS IN RSC MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University of Kokomo forward Desean Hampton averaged 15.0 points and 15.5 rebounds in two games to claim the first River States Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week award of the year. The honor was for his play Nov. 1-7.
Hampton, a senior from Speedway, Ind., had 20 points and 11 rebounds in a loss to Indiana Northwest and then followed that up with 10 points and 20 rebounds in a win over Governor’s State. Hampton shot 55 percent from the field (11 for 20) and averaged 35 minutes per game on the week.
IU Kokomo is 2-1 and will play Taylor (Ind.) on Nov. 9.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | MEN’S GOLF SCORES TO NO. 8 IN COACHES TOP 25 POLL
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Taylor men’s golf team ascended to No. 8 in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll, released this week.
The Trojans enjoyed a white-hot fall season that included three victories in six starts. Taylor finished the fall portion of the 2021-2022 campaign with a 291.40 scoring average and is currently ranked No. 9 in the latest GolfStat computer rankings.
Redshirt junior Javan Johnson and junior Drew Pickering led the way for TU during the fall season. Johnson finished the fall with a 72.71 scoring average while Pickering posed a 72.87 scoring average, including a low round of 9-under par 63.
Junior Noah Ross also played well for the Trojans with a 73.87 scoring average while sophomore Adam Kasitz added a 74.20 scoring average.
The No. 8 ranking is the highest ranking for Taylor since opening the 2018-2019 season at No. 8. The Trojans, who are in pursuit of a sixth consecutive Crossroads League title this season, are the highest-ranked team in the Crossroads League with No. 18 Marian also appearing in the poll.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | WOMEN’S GOLF CLIMBS TO NO. 12 IN COACHES TOP 25 POLL
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Taylor women’s golf team moved up to No. 12 in the latest NAIA Coaches Top 25 poll, released this week.
Led by NAIA All-American Nicole Jung the Trojans enjoyed a strong fall season, capturing four titles in six tournament starts and finishing with a head-to-head record of 32-2 against NAIA competition.
Jung paced TU with a 75.00 scoring average in 13 rounds that included a pair of tournament titles. Jung finished no worse than T-4 in her six starts this fall and added three runner-up finishes to go along with her two tournament titles.
Taylor also got very solid play from a trio of freshmen in Sabrina Langerak (79.00), Ellie Beavins (79.54), and Ellie Karst (80.46). Sophomore Elizabeth Kemper (81.00) added a consistent presence in the line-up for TU down the stretch as the Trojans won each of their final three tournaments.
Taylor will enter the spring portion of the season in pursuit of a fifth consecutive Crossroads League title. The Trojans are the second-highest rated team in the latest Coaches Poll, just one spot behind Indiana Wesleyan (#11). Bethel (#22) and Marian (#RV) are the other Crossroads League teams to appear in the poll.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | BRAGG HONORED AS CROSSROADS LEAGUE SETTER OF THE WEEK FOR THE SIXTH TIME
JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its latest collection of weekly honors, in which Taylor junior, Kacy Bragg, was recognized as the league’s Setter of the Week for the sixth time this season.
The Trojans played just one match throughout the week, a three-set sweep of Spring Arbor (14-18) in the Crossroads League Tournament Quarterfinals in which Bragg collected 35 assists, nine digs, five kills and a block.
Taylor’s stud setter averaged 11.7 assists, 3.0 digs, and 1.7 kills per set, all the while posting a .308 hitting percentage in the Trojans’ opening-round win.
Bragg, a native of Warsaw, Indiana, ranks second in the nation with 1,230 total assists, averaging an impressive 10.79 assists per set.
This week’s honor marks the sixth of Bragg’s junior season, now matching the 2016 effort of Haley Harrell as the only Trojan volleyball players within the last decade to be named the Crossroads League Player of the Week six times in a single season.
Taylor athletes now boast 19 CL or MSFA Player-of-the-Week awards in the 2021-2022 athletic year, 11 of which belong to the Trojan volleyball team.
Bragg and the No. 25 Trojans (27-6) will travel to Marion on Wednesday, November 10th, to take on No. 21 Indiana Wesleyan (21-4) at 7:00 pm in the Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals.
IU EAST WBB GAME PREVIEW
The Indiana University East women’s basketball team hosts the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) in an early-season clash of unbeatens on Nov. 9.
Tipoff between the Red Wolves (4-0) and the Patriots (4-0) is 7 p.m. on Lingle Court.
FOLLOW THE GAME
General admission for IU East basketball is $7. IU East students, faculty and staff are admitted free with their university ID.
With guidance from the university’s medical and public health leaders as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indiana Department of Health, all students, faculty, staff and visitors on all IU campuses are instructed to wear a mask indoors, including at IU East basketball home games on Lingle Court. This guidance will allow IU campuses to keep in-person classes, events and activities while also maintaining health and safety.
The GPS address for Lingle Court is 2325 Chester Boulevard in Richmond.
Live video, produced by Whitewater Education Television (WETV), Comcast Channel 20, is scheduled to be available.
Live stats also are scheduled to be available.
Monitor iueredwolves.com for the game recaps and results.
YOU OUGHT TO KNOW
* This is the first meeting between IU East and Cumberlands.
* This game concludes a three-game homestand for IU East that started with weekend wins against Northwestern Ohio and Michigan-Dearborn in the Red Wolves’ own First Bank Richmond Classic. After this game, IU East does not play at home again until Nov. 30.
* IU East seeks to match the program record of five consecutive wins to start the season, established in 2017.
* IU East has won all four of its games by double digits.
* IU East’s opponents are shooting .143 from 3-point range, the fifth-stingiest percentage allowed in the nation.
* Addie Brown (16.0 points per game), Tia Tolbert (6.8 rebounds per game), Bethany Mackin (3.3 assists per game), Marissa Quiroz (1.0 blocks per game) and Paige Gregory (3.3 steals per game) are IU East’s leaders in the standard statistical categories.
RHIT FOOTBALL – TYLER SMITH NAMED HCAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology junior Tyler Smith has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Football Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in Saturday’s 38-14 win at Franklin.
Smith recorded a huge game with 12 tackles, two tackles-for-loss, one sack, four pass breakups and two quarterback hurries. His 12 tackles and four pass breakups marked single-game career-high performances.
On the season, Smith has recorded 37 tackles, 7.5 tackles-for-loss, three sacks, seven pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble. His interception this season resulted in a 22-yard touchdown in a victory over Manchester.
Smith now has career totals of 70 tackles, 12.5 tackles-for-loss, seven sacks, two interceptions and nine pass breakups as a Fightin’ Engineer.
Rose-Hulman will host Mount St. Joseph in the HCAC Football Championship Game on Saturday at 1:30 pm. The Fightin’ Engineers have already secured at least a share of the HCAC championship, but Saturday’s winner will represent the league in the NCAA Division III Playoffs on Nov. 20.
ANDERSON FOOTBALL: HARLEY NAMED HCAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Anderson University football junior Tyson Harley (New Palestine, Ind. / Mount Vernon) has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Offensive Player of the Week, which was announced on Monday.
Harley was selected as HCAC Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career.
The Ravens (1-8, 1-6) charged past Defiance College (1-8, 1-6) with a 42-14 HCAC victory on Saturday at Macholtz Stadium.
Harley threw for 316 yards and six touchdowns. The junior from New Palestine also rushed for 55 yards, bringing his total offense to 371 yards for the day. Harley also completed 32 passes.
The Ravens clash with rival Manchester University (2-7, 2-4) for The Bronze Ball in HCAC action on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in North Manchester.
TRINE ATHLETICS: NCAA DIVISION III MEN’S SOCCER TOURNAMENT BRACKET REVEALED; TRINE FACES OTTERBEIN
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Trine University men’s soccer team will make their first ever NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship Tournament appearance after receiving an automatic qualifier by winning the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) title.
Trine travels to Otterbein University to face the host Cardinals (14-1-4) in the First Round of the event.
The Thunder are coming off a 2-0 victory in the MIAA Championship match at Kalamazoo College on Saturday and are riding a six-match winning streak. The Trine defense has held opponents scoreless for the last 292 minutes of play heading into the national tournament.
Stay tuned to trinethunder.com for more information about the opening round in the days to come.
TRINE ATHLETICS: WOMEN’S SOCCER RECEIVES AT-LARGE BERTH IN NCAA DIVISION III WOMEN’S SOCCER TOURNAMENT
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Trine University women’s soccer team will make their first appearance in the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament after receiving an at-large berth.
The Thunder finished runner up in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Women’s Soccer Tournament following a 3-1 loss to Hope College in the championship game.
The team will face off with Carnegie Mellon University in the opening round of the competition in a match that will be hosted by McDaniel College in College Hill Westminster, Maryland.
Stay tuned to trinethunder.com for more information about the opening round in the days to come.
MANCHESTER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: EVA BAZZONI NAMED HCAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference has named Manchester University first-year guard Eva Bazzoni (Wabash, Ind./Manchester) its conference player of the week for the opening week of the 2021-22 season, the league announced on Monday November 8.
Bazzoni had a stellar collegiate debut for Manchester on Saturday afternoon, leading the Spartans with 23 points against Rockford. Bazzoni finished 8-14 from the field and went 5-9 from three-point territory in the season opener. She was a key catalyst in an 18-8 4th quarter run that saw the Black & Gold briefly rally from a double-digit deficit. Bazzoni made a driving, right-handed layup in traffic that briefly put Manchester ahead of Rockford 82-81 with just four seconds left on the clock.
Rockford was able to sink a buzzer-beater on the game’s final possession as time expired to slip past the Spartans 83-82.
The Black & Gold will return to action on Tuesday November 9 when it travels to NCAA Division I Purdue Fort Wayne. Tuesday’s contest will be an exhibition and is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. in the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. MU will then host Kalamazoo in Stauffer-Wolfe arena on Friday November 12 at 7 p.m.
|AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|BUFFALO BILLS||5||3||0||.625||0.0||235||118||3-1-0||2-2-0||4-3-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||5||4||0||.556||0.5||230||170||1-4-0||4-0-0||4-1-0||2-1-0||3 W|
|NEW YORK JETS||2||6||0||.250||3.0||144||251||2-1-0||0-5-0||2-4-0||0-2-0||1 L|
|MIAMI DOLPHINS||2||7||0||.222||3.5||155||242||1-3-0||1-4-0||2-5-0||1-2-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|LOS ANGELES CHARGERS||5||3||0||.625||0.0||199||201||2-2-0||3-1-0||3-2-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||5||3||0||.625||0.0||196||189||3-1-0||2-2-0||4-1-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||5||4||0||.556||0.5||221||227||3-2-0||2-2-0||1-4-0||0-1-0||2 W|
|DENVER BRONCOS||5||4||0||.556||0.5||187||153||2-2-0||3-2-0||2-4-0||0-1-0||2 W|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|BALTIMORE RAVENS||6||2||0||.750||0.0||221||195||4-1-0||2-1-0||4-2-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|PITTSBURGH STEELERS||5||3||0||.625||1.0||161||169||3-2-0||2-1-0||3-2-0||1-1-0||4 W|
|CLEVELAND BROWNS||5||4||0||.556||1.5||224||196||3-2-0||2-2-0||3-3-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|CINCINNATI BENGALS||5||4||0||.556||1.5||236||203||2-2-0||3-2-0||3-2-0||2-1-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|TENNESSEE TITANS||7||2||0||.778||0.0||255||211||3-1-0||4-1-0||5-1-0||3-0-0||5 W|
|INDIANAPOLIS COLTS||4||5||0||.444||3.0||245||213||2-3-0||2-2-0||3-3-0||1-2-0||1 W|
|JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS||2||6||0||.250||4.5||132||209||2-3-0||0-3-0||2-4-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|HOUSTON TEXANS||1||8||0||.111||6.0||128||258||1-3-0||0-5-0||1-5-0||1-1-0||8 L|
|NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|DALLAS COWBOYS||6||2||0||.750||0.0||241||192||3-1-0||3-1-0||4-1-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|PHILADELPHIA EAGLES||3||6||0||.333||3.5||227||218||0-4-0||3-2-0||3-3-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|NEW YORK GIANTS||3||6||0||.333||3.5||179||216||2-3-0||1-3-0||2-4-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM||2||6||0||.250||4.0||156||227||1-3-0||1-3-0||2-2-0||1-0-0||4 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|ARIZONA CARDINALS||8||1||0||.889||0.0||277||155||3-1-0||5-0-0||4-1-0||3-0-0||1 W|
|LOS ANGELES RAMS||7||2||0||.778||1.0||261||196||3-2-0||4-0-0||5-1-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|SEATTLE SEAHAWKS||3||5||0||.375||4.5||181||169||1-3-0||2-2-0||1-3-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||3||5||0||.375||4.5||185||202||0-4-0||3-1-0||3-4-0||0-3-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|GREEN BAY PACKERS||7||2||0||.778||0.0||199||180||3-0-0||4-2-0||5-1-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|MINNESOTA VIKINGS||3||5||0||.375||3.5||194||191||2-2-0||1-3-0||3-2-0||1-0-0||2 L|
|CHICAGO BEARS||3||6||0||.333||4.0||150||224||2-2-0||1-4-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||4 L|
|DETROIT LIONS||0||8||0||.000||6.5||134||244||0-4-0||0-4-0||0-6-0||0-3-0||8 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS||6||2||0||.750||0.0||260||183||4-0-0||2-2-0||4-2-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|NEW ORLEANS SAINTS||5||3||0||.625||1.0||201||155||2-2-0||3-1-0||4-3-0||1-2-0||1 L|
|ATLANTA FALCONS||4||4||0||.500||2.0||175||220||1-3-0||3-1-0||2-4-0||1-2-0||1 W|
|CAROLINA PANTHERS||4||5||0||.444||2.5||171||183||2-3-0||2-2-0||2-4-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|NEW YORK||7||4||.636||1.0||2-3||5-1||3-1||6-4||6-4||1 W|
|OKLAHOMA CITY||3||6||.333||3.5||2-2||1-4||0-1||3-5||3-6||2 W|
|GOLDEN STATE||9||1||.900||—||6-1||3-0||3-0||7-1||9-1||5 W|
|LA CLIPPERS||5||4||.556||3.5||3-2||2-2||0-1||4-3||5-4||4 W|
|LA LAKERS||6||5||.545||3.5||5-3||1-2||0-2||4-5||6-4||1 W|
|SAN ANTONIO||3||7||.300||4.0||1-3||2-4||0-2||0-5||3-7||1 L|
|NEW ORLEANS||1||10||.091||6.5||0-4||1-6||0-1||1-6||1-9||7 L|
|TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||13||7||5||1||15||7||33||37||6-2-1||1-3-0||5-4-1|
|TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||11||6||3||2||14||6||35||35||2-2-1||4-1-1||6-2-2|
|DETROIT RED WINGS||13||6||5||2||14||6||39||44||3-1-2||3-4-0||4-5-1|
|NEW YORK RANGERS||13||7||3||3||17||7||33||37||2-1-1||5-2-2||6-2-2|
|COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||10||7||3||0||14||6||32||28||5-1-0||2-2-0||7-3-0|
|NEW YORK ISLANDERS||10||5||3||2||12||5||27||25||—||5-3-2||5-3-2|
|NEW JERSEY DEVILS||10||5||3||2||12||4||26||30||3-2-1||2-1-1||5-3-2|
|ST. LOUIS BLUES||10||7||2||1||15||7||37||25||3-1-0||4-1-1||7-2-1|
|SAN JOSE SHARKS||11||6||4||1||13||6||32||30||3-2-1||3-2-0||5-4-1|
|LOS ANGELES KINGS||12||6||5||1||13||5||35||32||5-2-0||1-3-1||5-4-1|
|VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||12||6||6||0||12||5||33||38||2-3-0||4-3-0||5-5-0|
|X – PHILADELPHIA||34||14||12||8||48||35||13||11-3-3||3-9-5||54|
|X – NASHVILLE SC||34||12||18||4||55||33||22||8-9-0||4-9-4||54|
|X – NEW YORK CITY FC||34||14||9||11||56||36||20||10-4-3||4-5-8||51|
|X – ATLANTA||34||13||12||9||45||37||8||9-5-3||4-7-6||51|
|X – ORLANDO CITY SC||34||13||12||9||50||48||2||8-7-2||5-5-7||51|
|X – NEW YORK||34||13||9||12||39||33||6||8-6-3||5-3-9||48|
|INTER MIAMI CF||34||12||5||17||36||53||-17||7-2-8||5-3-9||41|
|Y – COLORADO||34||17||10||7||51||35||16||9-7-1||8-3-6||61|
|X – SEATTLE||34||17||9||8||53||33||20||8-5-4||9-4-4||60|
|X – SPORTING KC||34||17||7||10||58||40||18||9-5-3||8-2-7||58|
|X – PORTLAND||34||17||4||13||56||52||4||11-2-4||6-2-9||55|
|X – MINNESOTA||34||13||10||11||42||44||-2||10-3-4||3-7-7||49|
|X – VANCOUVER||34||12||13||9||45||45||0||10-3-4||2-10-5||49|
|X – REAL SALT LAKE||34||14||6||14||55||54||1||9-4-4||5-2-10||48|
|LOS ANGELES FC||34||12||9||13||53||51||2||8-6-3||4-3-10||45|